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Welcome to the May Issue of .....................Target Shooter
9 IWA 2011
by Vince Bottomley

Sections
6 8 20 31 47 Shooting Sport News Shooters Calendar Shooting Black Powder Pistol by Chris Risebrook World Interclub Cyber Shoot by John O’Sullivan 2011 Spring Action Weekend by Gwyn Roberts Dry Fire by Don Brook

Tactical by Chris Parkin

24 Third Eye

37 The Good, The
Bad and the Ugly by Carl Boswell

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Association Pages
74 77 79 NSRA UKBRA UKBR22 F- Class UKPSA Gallery Rifle Quigley Association

53 Dealing

80 86 91 95

with the Wind by Chris White

61 6mm BR

Norma by Laurie Holland

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Editor(s). Carl Boswell and Vince Bottomley Advertising and Office Manager Yvonne Wilcock email; admin@targetshooter.co.uk Contributors Vince Bottomley Tony Saunders Chris Risebrook Carl Boswell Alan Whittle Gwyn Roberts Chris Parkin John O’Sullivan

Laurie Holland Don Brook Ken Hall Chris White

Webitorial - May 2011
This month’s Webitorial contains some very important and exciting information for readers. After much consideration, we will be launching next month’s Target Shooter as an iPad, iPhone or iPod app. This will, we feel, eliminate one of the major problems of an on-line magazine – downloading and viewing on a desktop computer. Viewing the magazine on an iPad is almost more convenient that reading a paper magazine! Yes, we realise that not everyone has an Apple device but more and more of you have asked us for this facility so, after much deliberation we have decided that we must respond. Of course, the magazine will still be available, to download for free just as it has always been but, we feel that an app. is the way forward. The app. itself will be free to download as will the first month’s issue, but a small charge of 59p or 99 cents will be made for each subsequent issue and we hope that readers will embrace this small fee. Unfortunately, the charges involved in offering an app. are considerable but we hope to at least break even by the end of the year. As always, we thank you for your continued support. Vince, Carl & Yvonne Carl Boswell - carl@targetshooter.co.uk and Vince Bottomley - vinceb@targetshooter.co.uk and Yvonne - admin@targetshooter.co.uk Copyright © Trinity Digital Publishing Ltd

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Shooting Sport News
An Open Invertation to all Belltarget Shooters
I am in the process of organising a Bell Target Charity Shoot in aid of the Air Ambulance to take place on 11th September 2011 at the NALGO Social Club, Shire hall, Shrewsbury. I hope to make it an all day event, with 10 targets. Lots of space for lots of Teams. The format of this shoot will have some subtle variations to the normal league team shoot. A team shall comprise of 5 shooters, BUT, ONE person must be a NOVICE.(see rules and regulations). The score obtained by the Novice is to be doubled and added to the scores of the other Four team members giving a total Team score. The monies promised to all the team members is to be added giving a total sponsorship. This sum is to be multiplied by the total team score. The resultant of this calculation will be Trophy Winners. I anticipate there being other awards! All donations will be given to the Air Ambulance, The Polar Bear League will fund the Shoot. 5. 6. 7. preceded if required by ONE sighter. The team will shoot one after the other in any order they wish with in the allotted time. Coaching is allowed. Scoring, a clean shot is 5.1, touching rim is 5 i.e. as per Bell target scoring A detail will be 45 minuets duration with 15 minuets change over time. The Novice a) should be any one who is not registered with a bell target league; b) is not an air rifle shooter; c) should be over 14 years of age, and accompanied by an adult; d) may make use of a support ( supplied by the organisers) e) with in the meaning of the word!

General Conditions

Rule and Regulations.
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These shall be as per those for the Shrewsbury & District Air Rifle Association Bell Target League and will be placed on the table in front of each firing point, UNLESS otherwise stated below. All team members MUST be sponsored, otherwise the team is NOT eligible for the final calculation. A Range Officer (Appointed by the organisers) will be responsible for the safety on the firing point. Any dispute is put to the Shrewsbury & District A/R League Commettee their descision is final. Course of fire, Seven shots to count

Insurance:- If you do not have an up to date Air Gun Membership card then the insurance is £1 payable on registration All donations are to be received by the Shrewsbury & District A/R Ass. League’s. treasurer NOT later than the 1st October 2011 On that day monies received will be used for the final calculation. Cheques to made payable to ’ Shrewsbury & District A/R Ass. League’ The presentation of Trophies etc. is to be arranged with The Air Ambulance at a place and date suitable to them Mid October ’ish! Team entry forms and sponsor sheets will be sent to any club or persons that would like to participate. Please contact the Shrewsbury Secretary Ian Smythe for further information:e-mail icesmythe@talktalk.net or ring 01734 821 690 Post to 19, Brookside Gardens, Yockleton, Shrewsbury, SY5 9PR The principle object of the exercise is to raise money for the Air Ambulance and show our Sport to the public as well as to encourage new-comers.

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bituary – Ferris Pindell
Ferris Pindell passed away on April 11th 2011. Pindell was the ‘P’ in the famous 6PPC cartridge – undoubtedly the most inherently accurate cartridge ever designed. In collaboration with fellow benchrest shooter Dr Louis Palmisano (the other ‘P’) gunsmith Ferris developed the PPC cartridge from the 220 Russian cartridge case and changed the face of benchrest shooting forever. No cartridge has ever come close to un-seating the 6PPC when it comes to short range accuracy. I was fortunate enough to meet Ferris at the World Benchrest Championships in America in 2005, where the above photograph was taken. Ferris is on the left and that’s Walt Berger on the right of the picture. Although in his eighties, Ferris was as sharp as a razor and was proudly showing us his bulletpointing die – the first one I’d seen. Another legend leaves the range.

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Calendar of events over the next few months
7 May to 8 May - F Class League (Blair Atholl (Scotland)) Contact Des Parr via the NRA 7 May to 8 May - Target Rifle Skills Course (National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) This weekend course is aimed primarily at those who have recently taken up target rifle shooting to help them develop their individual skills Contact Phyllis Farnan via the NRA 7 May to 8 May - Club Instructor Course - Target Rifle (National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) This is the first step towards a coaching qualification and is for experienced shooters who wish to assist with training at club level. Applicants should ideally have completed an NRA Skills Course. Contact Phyllis Farnan via the NRA 7 May to 8 May - An Invitation to all F/TR Class Competitors (National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) The Match Rifle community are inviting F/TR class NRA members to join them at their Spring meeting on the weekend of May 7/8th. This is an opportunity for you to try your hand at the ranges of 1000, 1100 & 1200 yards on the NRA long range targets which are more generous than those used in F class. Normal F/TR rules will apply in regard to the resting of rifles. A prize is reserved for F/TR competitors who are also invited, with their partners, to the reception on Saturday after shooting has finished at the English Eight Club which is one of the oldest on Bisley camp. An entry may be made for one day only. You should have received an invitation via the NRA but otherwise it can be downloaded from the English VIII site at englishviii.org.uk. For further details, see the Calendar entry entitled “The English Eight Club, National Rifle Club of Scotland & Welsh Rifle Association Spring Meeting” Contact Karen Robertson via the NRA

If your club or association has events you want to publicise here then email us.
14 May - World Cup - Fort Benning The competition runs from 14th - 22nd May 14 May to 15 May - NRA 300M Championships (National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) Contact the Shooting Division via the NRA 14 May to Range Conducting Officer Course (National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) Two day course - successful candidates will be qualified to conduct live firing on MoD or TAVRA ranges. Contact Maureen Peach via the NRA 15 May - NRA Shooting Club Day (National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) Multi-discipline NRA Shooting Club Day. Targets have been booked on Melville and at 100, 200, 600 and 900 yards. All disciplines welcome. Open to all full members of the NRA who have completed and returned the registration form which is available by clicking on the link below. If you would like to attend you must book in at least a week in advance by contacting Charles Perry at the NRA 27 May to 29 May - Phoenix Meeting (National Shooting Centre (NSC), Bisley) This multi-discipline meeting Is a must for your shooting diary and has its roots in pistol calibre firearms but there are also plenty of competitions for Black Powder, Air and Fullbore from 15 yards right up to 1000 yards. This Meeting has over 75 competitions to enter, giving you enough chances to earn yourself one of the much sought after Grandmaster Medals. In addition to the shooting there Is the Arms Fair held in the Bisley Pavilion. Contact Brian Thomas via the NRA 30 July to 7th August 2011 - The World Rimfire & Air Rifle Benchrest Federation - 2nd World Championships in Palmetto USA. 25 Sep - Somerset Small Bore Shooting Association - Major Hutchinson Memorial Shoot The Shoot will be held at the Long Ashton Ranges. Entry forms are available on the website. http:// ssbsa.com/

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Last month we had a look at what was new in ammunition and components, this month let’s have a look at the new rifles on display. If we were a hunting magazine, we would have lots to talk about and until you visit IWA, you don’t perhaps realise just how big the hunting scene is in Germany.

names – Blaser, Sig Sauer, Schmidt & Bender, Zeiss, Khales etc. have massive displays in the prestigious Hall One at IWA. Although I’m not a hunter, one can’t help but admire this tradition which just doesn’t exist in the UK. But what is there at IWA for the target shooter?

For many German men, hunting and all the tradition that goes with it – including the ‘land mode’ clothing - is a way of life that we just don’t have in the UK. Check out one of the massive Frankonia stores www.frankonia.de if you are

In some respects, very little – in centrefire that is. Of course, all the smallbore and air-rifle companies had new stuff on display which would no doubt excite the serious ISSF shooter but very little caught my eye.

ever in Germany – there are about twenty in all. They are literally a one-stop department store for the shooter, selling not only firearms, shotguns, air weapons but all the paraphernalia that goes with it including ammunition, clothing, optics etc. They even have their own ranges and run their own shooting events.

I did however spot this strange beast – listed by Anschutz as their ‘Modern Sporting Rifle’. It looks like a very rugged semi-auto rimfire complete with aperture sights but for which discipline?

Most of the ‘big names’ do now offer some sort of tactical rifle which comes closest to what we It means that names like Mauser are just as might use for target shooting and there is a big as Porsche to the Germans and these big definite trend towards the larger calibres and Target Shooter 9

Old Blaser LRS 2 – top. New folding stock below

almost everyone seems to have a 338. stock with a heavy fore-end but let’s start However, some manufacturers don’t seem with Remington. Look at this – a factory rifle

to know exactly what they are doing with the ‘target’ market but know that it’s something to do with heavy barrels and funny-shaped stocks – preferably in a strange paint finish. Even Browning had one this year – with a heavy-ish fluted barrel and a sand-coloured

complete with moderator! A first for Remington and something I never expected to see from an American manufacturer – where moderators are very hard to procure. Maybe Health & Safety is changing things on range......... Blaser were displaying a new folding stock for

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their LRS 2 rifle and to be honest, it looks a whole lot better than the old one. They’ve flashed it up with a few pic-rails and an M16 pistol-grip and it does look quite butch! Same straight-pull action with quick-change barrel system - for those who like it but for me, it does kind of restrict your choice of cartridge.

on show with a fancy wood-laminate stock and heavy fluted stainless barrel. It looked really nice but for what discipline?

I’d seen one or two mentions of the new Ruger ‘Scout’ rifle on the internet forums. This is based on a Jeff Cooper theory of what the ideal hunting/ carry rifle should be like. To be honest – I don’t personally shoot lever-action – or Gallery although I’ve no personal interest in such a Rifle - but I know a lot of you do and we see weapon – I quite liked it! pictures of tricked-up Marlins in the pages of this It handled quite nicely if you know what I mean – magazine. I thought that this was a very British discipline spawned following the pistol ban, so I was surprised therefore to see these Marlins, looking resplendent in stainless-steel with laminate stocks, short barrel, Pic rails already installed for scope-mounting and an enlarged lever. Last year, Savage Arms – now America’s largest rifle manufacturer - wowed us with their new 338 tactical rifle. These were great value at under three grand. This year, it’s much the same with a few Pic rails added for that military look. There is also a 308 version - which I have yet to see in the UK. Savage also had a very nice little ‘custom’ 22LR bolt-action magazine-fed rifle Target Shooter 11

it felt right in the hand. Ruger have wisely opted for an AI 10-shot mag. and the flash-hider looks the part. What would you use it for? I don’t know and I bet it kicks a bit in 308! Ruger also had their version of a tactical rifle on show – with heavy barrel, bi-pod, black synthetic stock with beaver-tail fore-end etc. plus the latest version of their M77 which looks nicer

than ever with heavy stainless barrelled-action and brown wood-laminate stock. Winchester also had a neat-looking tactical rig on show with a sand-coloured stock which looked a bit like a McMillan A5 (but it wasn’t) heavy black barrel and Pic rail atop the old Model 70 action. But look at this strange beast from Tikka (below)

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Steyr’s new 338 tactical rifle What is it supposed to be? Heavy but very short barrel with threaded muzzle. No sights, very strange laminate stock. I just can’t think of a use for it – unless maybe there was a sniper incident in a wood yard................. Although there is a large Chinese presence at IWA, we don’t get many firearms but I do like this Norinco copy of the Winchester 1897 Trench Gun. It’s a bit basic – as was the original for that matter but with a bit of ‘aging’, it could look the part. This is Steyr’s latest 338 tactical rifle (above). The paint job looks a bit hurried but check out that bi-pod. - really nice. It comes as standard with the rifle but someone else is making it so it’s possible to buy it separately. It’s a really rugged piece of kit and although it’s not cheap, neither is a decent F Class bi-pod. Of course, the classic amongst the tactical rifles has got to be the Unique Alpine. The boys have a great package which ticks all the boxes for the professional or amateur shooter. No big changes are necessary but for this year but subtle modifications have been made to the

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action and chassis-mounting, a folding-stock option and a new vented fore-end hand-guard with a few Pic rails added for good measure, plus a neat looking bi-pod. Roedale Precision usually have something new for us to look at and for the last couple of years proprietor Pete Lincoln has been working on his own AI-style chassis. Pete’s chassis (previous page) is made in the way that the AI used to be made – CNC machined from one billet of aluminium rather than a centre casting with two bits welded on either end. He had the ally bit last year and now he has finally got someone to make the plastic side-panels. Interestingly, he has ditched the AI thumbhole design in favour of a pistol-grip – so have AI! The little four-barrel cutie above is billed as a ‘non-leathal’ personal defence device. It fires a range of cartridges from flares to rubber balls. It’s Russian, dirt cheap and what’s wrong with it? Why can’t our wives

Do you have a neat little bubble level on your rifle? Why not really complicate things and fit one of these!

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Now if Ikea made guns.......................

We don’t see much of this gunmaker (Heym( in the UK but they make some neat looking tactical rifles No trip to IWA would be complete without a visit to the Barrett stand. I was keen to see their new 416 cartridge. This was developed when California decided to ban its residents from owning the 50cal. Barrett and a very impressive cartridge it is – but very HME for the UK at over 8000 foot-pounds unfortunately! In retaliation to the California ban, Barrett will not sell the 416 to any Californian Government or Police departments – only private citizens! Well done Barrett. I’d read about Barrett’s BORS bullet-drop

and girlfriends carry one in their handbag?

More 50BMG stuff – the SAN 511 Target Shooter 15

German Sport Guns (GSG) really played to our fantasies this year with this authentically boxed WW” Schmeisser complete with cap!

The miracle of CNC and the lack of patents means that almost anyone can now turn out impressive weapons. This Prague company had a variant of just about any M16/AR15 you could dream up – if only............. system for scope adjustment and was keen to

see if it could be of any use to the target shooter. Answer? Clever though it is for the military, it’s not much use to us – it measures temperature, barometric pressure and shot inclination but there is nowhere to factor-in the wind, our biggest challenge.

Of course, it’s not all Now how did that get in there............................? guns – this is the latest Leatherman ‘Gunsmith’ tool. Actually, it did have some very useful attachments which could be handy on-range for running repairs (previous page). We are fast running Mini- rifle fans have never had it so good with a massive range of what Mike SJ last month called ‘tacticool’ weapons. H&K, Uzi, Sig, Colt etc. whatever takes your fancy

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This is one of Vittorio’s actions – beautifully made to rival any custom action I have seen out of space and there is loads more to tell Next month, we’ll have a look at optics and a you about but I must introduce you to my few of the other bits and pieces that make up the good friend Dr Vitorrio Traveggia from It- IWA exhibition. aly. Dr Traveggia is a great long-range shooter, engineer and innovator and every year, his stand is one of the highlights of my IWA visit – he always has something new – and tasty! Check out www.bcmeuropearms.it

The same action in tactical format. The stock is all CNC aluminium made by BCM, as are the scope-rings

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Shooting the Black Powder Pistol

with Chris Risebrook
Muzzle-loading rifle aspirations! Quite high on my list of things to do before shuffling off mortal coil is to shoot a muzzle-loading rifle and, as times a’passing, it’s maybe time to go shopping! The first candidate was a Bristlen rifle by Pedersoli. This would be ideally suited for the MLAGB 50 metre off-hand competition. The trouble is, these rifles are expensive at over £2000 new, so a second hand example at about half that price was tempting. At about 16lbs. it’s a heavy brute to shoot standing but I am so used to my Strela, which weighs over 17lbs and which I use off hand, that the Bristlen would not be a problem. in getting it up there in the first place, without getting a hernia! Photo 1 shows my Heath Robinson solution to the problem complete with beloved Strela. All you have to do is lift it on and off the stand. I bought the Strela in about 1964 and, I have to admit that it is in better condition than its owner! However, I have noticed it has put on weight these last few years.

The problem with the Bristlen was that there was no bullet-mould. The butt carried various weapon-control stickers, so it must have been used in international competition. Even if the owner bought his bullets, it seems unlikely that he did not also have the correct mould. Judging by various blogs on the internet, these rifles are fussy as to their fodder and, the correct bullet for this rifle is a .447 minie ball weighing The difficulty is not in holding up the rifle but 360grains, and you won’t find many of those Picture 1

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in your favourite gunshop! Many thanks to all those people round the country who all tried to help. The best guess was to size down a .451 but that would have been too heavy. You could probably get away with almost anything at 25 metres - including patched ball but my guess is that only the correct bullet would stabilise at 50 metres.

weapons. Amongst their output were Potsdam type military pistols, target pistols much in the style of Boutet, Comblain falling block rifles, Vetterli bolt action rifles and even bulldog type revolvers in .450. They were also one of ten factories commissioned to convert the Swiss rifles to breech loading in 1863, using the Milbank Amsler system, which was very similar to and easily confused with, the Springfield I did find the correct mould - but that was in trapdoor conversion. Tennessee priced at $100 but, by the time I had paid customs duty, storage fees, postage The lock plate is engraved with the maker’s and heaven knows what else plus VAT on all name and inspection and proof marks and the the above, there would not be much change top of the barrel is struck with the bear emblem from £250. The last item I bought from America within a shield as the Berne Canton mark. came with a list of charges as long as your arm - everybody and his cat seemed to get a nibble The calibre is the later 10.4mm, and - glory and, of course, without the mould the rifle is of be - it has its original mould! Being a military little practical use or value. The other problem is rifle, it also has a triangular bayonet which, once that like all replicas, their value just keeps going detached from the rifle, has to be the world’s down, so I decided on Plan B! See Photo 2. unhandiest weapon. See Photo 3. The bayonet fits into a tubular socket on the right-hand side Now this is the real thing - a military target rifle and is held in by a spring catch, which is a pig made to the 1851 Swiss pattern by Beuret to release. It is a good tight fit but it makes for a Freres of Liege and St.Etienne for the canton of very unwieldy weapon. As a knife, the bayonet Berne. Until 1842, the Swiss used a smoothbore is absolutely useless - there is just nothing to in 18mm and each canton was responsible get hold of. The rifle - without bayonet is 52 for its own procurement. In 1851 the Federal inches long with a 33inch barrel. Total length government took over the weapons supply in with bayonet is 70 inches! rifle form in first 10.5mm and later 10.4mm. The Freres brothers were in business from 1836 to The barrel is two key hooked breach, which 1879 and seem to have produced a plethora of makes for easy cleaning and the ramrod has a

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sliding brass muzzle protector to avoid damage to the bore. Rifling twist is about one turn in 33 inches. Bearing in mind its age, the barrel is quite presentable. There is some pitting in the grooves but the lands are sharp. The plain walnut stock has its fair share of dents and scratches, but that is hardly surprising after 160 years.

The problem with the Swiss rifle lies with the sights. Whereas the Bristlen had an aperture sight adjustable for elevation and windage, this one has only a very fine open sight and a miniscule front blade. The sights are incredibly fine and the open rear-sight is really too close to the eye. The rea-rsight has a coarse adjustment only for elevation – out to 1000 metres! At that range it would be more like artillery laying There is no half-cock, which is quite normal for - probably best to stick to a howitzer! The target rifles and the double set-trigger works foresight is drift adjustable for windage. very well. Pull the rear trigger to set and touch the front trigger to fire. The screw between One curiosity is the detachable ‘acorn’ on the the triggers alters the weight of the final heel of the butt. See Photo 4. This is simply release. The front trigger can also be used as a a coarse screw-thread which screws into the conventional trigger. This is quite different from wood, but is has a knurled a ring and a hole the Strela, where the front ‘trigger’ is merely a for a tommy bar, so it is obviously meant to be lever to set the rear trigger and it has no use as removed. It must have served some purpose a conventional trigger as such. but, for the life of me, I cannot see what. I Picture 5

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thought it might be a worm to remove a stuck ball but there is no provision to attach it to a rod. Anyone got any ideas? There are a number of these rifles on the internet, both muzzleloading and breech loading, and they all have this acorn. Incidentally, the fitting of double set-triggers was standard on all these rifles, so a high degree of marksmanship was clearly expected. A good clean produced the usual ‘crud’ from the barrel but there is presently no air passage to the nipple; there is some blockage which needs to be cleared before it can fire. I managed to find a home-made nipple wrench to fit and it takes No. 10 caps. The mould, shown in Photo 5, is in excellent condition and inevitably, has steel handles. This means it reaches optimum casting temperature at “Ouch!” degrees. Hedging gloves are a necessity! Like many moulds, the first 20 or so produce ‘wrinkled prunes’ whilst it comes up to temperature, then it finds the sweet spot and then reverts to ‘prune’ mode as it overheats. There is no sprue cutter, so it is necessary to hack off the substantial sprue on the base. The result is shown in Photo 5. There are no lube grooves as such but rather a driving-band at the base. I found some old Iwox we used to

use when swaging bullets in the pistol days. It had gone hard but was persuaded into the gap in front of the band and left to harden again. Hopefully, this will provide sufficient lubrication but, after all that messing about, I discovered that someone is achieving good accuracy with 10 thou. patches. I have no idea of the correct charge, so I propose to start at 25 metres with 30 grains of FFG and work up from there. The rifle weighs about 10 lbs., so recoil should not be a problem with modest charges. It will have to wait for my next trip to Bisley to have the chamber cleared, so that will give me time to have another casting session to provide a usable quantity of bullets. The real advantage of this rifle over the Bristlen is that, with any luck, it should at least hold its value and may even prove a worthwhile investment. Well, that’s what I tell myself; sometimes I almost believe it!

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Third Eye Tactical - a follow-up by Chris Parkin
is more or less on my doorstep, so I went along to have a look at four of their current products in more detail. I spent about three hours with Craig, the owner, designer and programmer, seeing the machines in operation and really having a good chat about what shooters - both sporting and target Heckmondwike, the location of Third Eye Tactical, types - want from their gear. Last year, Vince called in on Third Eye Tactical in West Yorkshire and discovered some fine products for the shooter. Now, we’ve sent Chris Parkin back for a closer look to find out what’s new from this innovative company.

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We discussed his designs, materials and some very interesting prototypes for future ideas. I also saw a lot of gear that showed just how confident the industry as a whole is in Craig’s abilities and products. The items I took away and looked at in detail were his 30mm and 34mm scope rings, bolt on picatinny mounting rails, a muzzle brake and `Spartan’ sound moderator.

inclination built-in. The rails and scope-rings available from Third Eye are machined in-house from 7075 T6 grade solid aluminium bar, a material Craig is keen to point out is roughly four times the price of the 6000 series aluminium alloys that many manufacturers use. The heat treatment of this alloy means it exhibits a lot of the tensile strength and hardness properties required for a scope ring but without resorting to the weight of steel. Steel is great but requires an anti-corrosion treatment which is often prone to damage whereas aluminium can have a simple, attractive anodised coating. From a personal point of view, I prefer to match materials together with similar properties, especially when bolting £2000 worth of scope into it!

Any scope is only as good as the mounts that hold it onto the gun. These days, some custom actions have Weaver/Picatinny scope-rails machined into the top of the receiver, as this style of mount has become an almost universal choice amongst discerning shooters. It’s a good idea to consider adding a Pic rail to your gun if you want a solid, accurate universal mount or if you just want to add The underside of the rails are machined to elevation to your riflescope with a 10 or 20 MOA dimensions that Craig has personally measured from the actions they are intended to fit, not what manufacturers and other after-market product suppliers use. These can often be somewhat vague and thus exhibit poor fitting tolerances. Short and long action Remington fittings are obviously available but Third Eye also machine for Howa, Savage, Stiller, Nesika and many more, both in flat and 10 and 20 MOA inclinations. The Company has multi-axis measurement machines that can virtually reduce a solid component back to its original blueprint design. The rings are fully machined in one operation. The Mizak CNC machines used are a little more advanced than is required for making scope rings (Evo Engineering has numerous contracts for some serious gear supplied to motorsport that I cannot possibly mention!) but their advanced capabilities, multiple tool selection and axes of movement allow them to achieve a full machining run on each

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separate ring without it having to be transferred to another machine. Accuracy is paramount – and guaranteed by this method! The rings are a standard Weaver/Picatinny fit with an integral lug that mates with the rail. Large metric fasteners mean nobody has an excuse for using the wrong size Allen key and they are also less likely to be rounded off by the ham-fisted (me!).

Even though each pair of rings is marked up 1 and 2 on both upper and lower section to ensure matching parts are paired back up during fitting, Craig assured me that it is a needless effort as they are as perfect as they can get anyway! The point where the upper and lower halves of the ring meet is relieved so that it will not crimp or damage the scope tube and the finish is a very smooth black

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anodising or a very unusual green/grey colour which looks great with a drab-green tactical rifle. I was so impressed with these rings that I bought and fitted a set to my 260 Rem tactical rifle. Muzzle-brakes and moderators are love - hate

components. It is undeniable that lowering felt recoil has benefits with accuracy from a shooter’s point of view although it is often beneficial to tweak the load when adding anything to the end of a barrel to remain within the barrel’s harmonic sweet

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spot. Sound moderators - once the domain of your barrel diameter and ensure the bore-hole is vermin shooters and deerstalkers - have recently opened up to the correct diameter for your chosen become more popular with target shooters. bullet. This was done for me personally by Craig, seamlessly fitted to my barrel and then a quick The police are also becoming much more aware of two minute session in the bead-blasting chamber the noise-reduction benefits and dreaded Health ensured that its matt finish would not stand out & Safety implications. They do reduce noise and from the barrel. Again, a slight re-zero was all that recoil but do require some attention to make sure was required after fitting the brake. everything is kept clean and a little care is needed to not shoot them too hot as they will create a lot Craig is a very keen shooter himself and visiting more mirage than a bare barrel will. the factory gave me a real look into his design and manufacturing processes. He really knows what The `Spartan’ moderator is a reflex design, fully he is doing and it is really nice to be able to both modular and can be disassembled for cleaning. buy and use home-grown products from our own The internal muzzle-thread and primary gas vent British engineering industry. I’m really looking can be changed depending on the thread size on forward to what he promises will be arriving in the the barrel of your rifle and the baffles themselves future.........watch this space. are available in either 6mm or .30 cal maximum bore sizes. The moderator is rated up to 30-06 Check out the video on uTube, posted by calibre and I gave it a thorough workout on a large Craig himself of a scope ring being machined .30 cal rifle and it did a very good job. Not the very from solid bar. http://www.youtube.com/ quietest but light and compact and adding only watch?v=9Rscui45sGA four extra inches to the barrel length and only 490 grams in weight. Contact 01924 404312 or visit www. thirdeyetactical.com However, on-range it needed a 2 MOA sight adjustment for a 100 yard zero but did not affect accuracy at all. I have since bought the kit to shoot it on my .222 and .243 rifles with 6mm baffles and a smaller half-inch UNF internal thread for the slimmer barrelled guns. Craig saves weight by making only the parts of the moderator that are in the direct path of some very hot and fast moving gasses from 316 stainless-steel bonded in place. The rest of the unit is 7075 T6 aluminium and I have to admit, from an aesthetic point of view, it is a lot sleeker and better looking than some of the larger steel designs. Last but not least is the Third Eye muzzle brake. I had it made and fitted to my .300 Winchester Magnum, which has proven to be a very competent long-range performer on steel-plate shoots. It is quite ‘barky’ and with a 208 grain bullet, it must be shot carefully to avoid flyers caused by poor recoil control. A muzzle brake turned it into a bit of a pussycat, albeit one with a serious purr! Yes, brakes do make more noise for the shooter but you can’t cheat physics! The brakes feature both radial and longitudinal holes to vent muzzle gases, very similar to the popular Vais design. They are made and supplied to your gunsmith as a ‘blank’ with just the critical features pre-machined. All your gunsmith has to do is cut the external profile to blend in with

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DIGGLE RANGES ‐ 150TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND  BANK HOLIDAY 28TH, 29TH & 30 MAY 2011 

 
Our fabulous 1000 yard range is 150 years old this year and to celebrate, we want to stage the most  spectacular shoot ever seen in the UK.  

On Bank Holiday Monday 30th May, one hundred shooters will be invited to compete for a  prize of £1000 cash 
To win this prize you must break a hen’s egg with one shot at 1000 yards! Not easy but then again you  don’t get the chance to win £1000 every day!  For those who are not used to shooting at 1000 yards, the day before, Sunday 29th May, will be devoted to  free practise at 1000 yards. Turn up anytime and sight‐in your rifle.  One the Monday, competitors will be allowed one marked sighting shot at 1000 yards before making their  attempt to break the egg. 

ONE SHOT – ONE THOUSAND YARDS ‐ ONE EGG ‐ £1000! 
This event will never be repeated – if you are a long‐range rifleman – or woman – you will  want to say “I was there!”  e‐mail vinceb@6ppc.fsnet.co.uk to secure your entry 
We want this prize to be won by someone – we want a shooter to break the egg – so, if no one breaks it on  the first shot, another attempt will be allowed.  Why not make a weekend of it? On Saturday 28th May, we have a car boot sale of shooting related items  on the main car park and there are two competitions for you to enter if you wish – a 300 yard F  Class/Target Rifle shoot and a competition for lever‐action rifles at 100 yards.    Target Shooter 29

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Fermoy Rifle Club - World Interclub Cyber Shoot

April 16th & 17th saw the completion of the exciting new concept in ‘recession beating’ international shooting competitions - pre-entered teams shooting on their own range, or range of their choice, and emailing results in to a central location. Fermoy Rifle Club in Ireland hosted the international interclub events in 50m Benchrest and Gallery Rifle over two days, with club teams participating from Ireland, UK, Italy, Finland,

Australia and USA. The concept was born when in discussion about our planned April International. Kieran Barry, our club secretary, suggested that we would have many more competitors if they did not need to travel. Initial doubt turned to enthusiasm when we considered the possibilities. Kieran and Mike Doherty agreed to organise the Gallery Rifle events and John O’Sullivan with Gavin Murphy stuck to what they knew – Benchrest shooting. Benchrest In the 50m Benchrest competitions, the Light Varmint event attracted 34 teams from 16 clubs representing 6 countries. The Heavy Varmint event had entries from 22 teams from 17 clubs representing 5 countries. As teams completed their two cards on their selected date of either Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th, scores were submitted by email to the control centre in Fermoy. Target Shooter 31

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The organisers shot their cards in the local range, starting early on Saturday. Before sitting to the benches the weather was fine and winds were a modest 8 to 10 km/hr... promising. However, as always in Fermoy, the sound of the first shots announced to the wind that it was time, not only to pick up, but to swirl quite a bit also, just for fun. We knew before the cards were scored that we would certainly not have to explain embarrassingly high scores to the world on Sunday evening.

Back at the control centre the first results were in from Bill Collaros in Woolahra club in Sydney. Despite having been hit by a rain storm with high winds they braved it out and opened the days scoring with a 1460 - very respectable, On Sunday, the leader board changed dramatically with every incoming result. It was late into the evening before a picture emerged. The Hilltop team from Ireland were looking good but First Modesto of California in LV and then the big scoring Paul Lane club from UK in both LV and HV knocked them and everyone else, down the rankings. The Italians came in late with the Lucensis team from Lucca in the LV and the Tricolore team from Reggio Nell Emilia club in the HV both jumping up to the medals. Modesto, California 32 Target Shooter

considering the conditions. Richard Lightfoot’s team from Melbourne soon followed with a good HV score but had to abandon the LV due to rising winds. That was nothing to the SKA team from Finland who had to contend with rapidly melting snows causing flooding, coupled with high winds. After a journey of 200km they needed to make some repairs to the range before Jens Lagas could get his team to the benches. USA, U.K. Italy and Ireland teams had mixed levels of wind to contend with, but nothing so stressing. As expected the results came in slowly on Saturday until late in the evening. The scoring team retired (briefly) to a local sports bar to watch Munster Rugby. At least they might get an Irish win, albeit in a different sport! We were of course anxiously checking the Blackberries for more results. Some more of the Irish scores were now coming through. The organising team who shot as the ‘Flexibles’, Gavin Murphy, Pat Cullen and John O’Sullivan, were leaders for about two hours but only on the basis that few other results were in. We knew that our 1446 in LV and 1464 in HV would not count for much when the ‘big hitters’ results came in. Munster won the rugby as a consolation.

The Saint Giles Yarners club, who also shot on the Paul Lane

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range, then pushed their way into a very credible worked like a dream. The instant a team’s third place in the HV class, displacing the Hilltop scores are entered, the overall placings were HV ‘A’ team by 2 points. automatically adjusted. This was fun. We enjoyed putting it together and Gavin Murphy’s computerised score model staying with it until the last result was counted. Gavin Murphy FRC Ireland

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across the world. Suireside visit FRC We have to develop this concept. I would like to see this run a few times per year with different clubs/countries taking turns. We will certainly help anyone to learn from our experiences (and mistakes). It should be noted that the WRABF committee, particularly Carl Boswell and Bill Collaros, gave us huge encouragement, support and advice. Thanks guys. The winning teams were: Light Varmint: 1st Paul Lane Club (U.K.) Paul lane LV 1489 75x (Jake Healy, John Stephenson, John Farrell) 2nd Modesto (U.S.A.) Modesto LV 1486 79x (Dale Bakken, Melvyn Johnson, Gisele Johnson) 3rd Lucca (Italy) Lucensis LV 1486 50x (Franco Vito, Enrico Bianchi, Mazzucco Nicola) Heavy Varmint: 1st Paul Lane Club (U.K.) Paul lane HV 1492 78x (Graham Readhead, Alan Lomax, John Farrell) 2nd Reggio Nell Emilia (Italy) Tricolore 1490 76x (Roberto Giarletta, Giovanni Rossi, Pino Leone) 3rd St. Giles Yarners (U.K.) The Yarners 1486 81x (Brian Kelly, Colin Rose, Robb Harrison) Gallery Rifle In the Gallery Rifle competition, Kieran Barry and Mike Doherty had a busy TSN Prato, Italy weekend combining organising, running and competing themselves in the full It was probably more exciting back at the control centre than anywhere else as the results range of events offered to the competing clubs. unfolded. With four clubs competing from Ireland – However, the most enjoyment for me was Fermoy, Harbour House, Loughbo and Suirside contacting and competing with wonderful, and 3 from the UK – Derby R&P Club, Aldershot dedicated sporting people here at home and RPC and Portishead, the wide range of classes 34 Target Shooter

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and events on offer were hotly contested. Suireside visited the Fermoy range to make the local shoot all the more competitive. The events on offer were:
1. Gallery Rifle Smallbore 1500 match 2. Gallery Rifle Smallbore Timed & Precision 1 3. Gallery Rifle Under Lever 1500 Match 4. Gallery Rifle Under Lever Timed and Precision1

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Due to the range of events and having individual and team competitions in each, Kieran and Mike tried to complete as much as possible of their shooting on Saturday to be available at the control centre on Sunday. They eventually made it on Sunday afternoon just as the results were coming in. The Gallery competition was close in many of the events. Leads were changing with each result posted. The results of all the competitions are too extensive to list here but – in keeping with the cyber-spirit of the event, detailed results for both the Benchrest and Gallery events, including all individual and team scores can be seen on the Fermoy website www. fermoyrifleclub.com For benchrest only see the UK benchrest directory forum http://benchrestdirectory.forumup.co.uk (Target Shooter is pleased to carry this report of what for me is an entirely new concept. With the increased costs of travel – not only overseas but within our own country - increasing to the levels where many cannot justify it, this could be the solution. With the possibility of Skype connections and large screens in each club, the concept could be improved further – Ed. )

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!!!!!

By Carl Boswell
Above - a first attempt at a rimfire benchrest rifle build - the CZ 452 with modified loading ramp, bolt, trigger, stock with barrel tuner Not exactly the title I was intending but, I just had to. Sorry, but I received my third copy of this iconic film for my birthday recently. It’s great a favorite of mine! Anyway, onto this month’s theme. In fact the title is pretty apt, if we have a closer look at some of the rifles currently used in rimfire benchrest - or at least the ones available to us in the UK and Europe! the discipline for Target Sports magazine in 2004. This was year that we really started to see interest developing in the UK, with the birth of the UKBR22 Association and similar developments abroad.

Call me naïve - and I know you will - but I was adamant that a Ruger could attain the necessary accuracy. I had seen a US website where they did use semi-autos in some club shoots, which was the basis of my own interest in rimfire BR. This is not however aimed particularly at the They also shot with the cheapest ammo, with new competitor to rimfire benchrest and I would everyone given the same batch! However, that’s always advise that new shooters use what they another story. already have in their cabinet for their first foray into the sport. I am really talking to the shooter Around a thousand rounds later, I eventually who already enjoys benchrest and is now accepted that the semi-auto would not be considering the purchase of a rifle to be more accurate enough. The rifle was just not competitive. comparable to a bolt-action, even though the barrel was of ‘match’ quality. An obvious move to My own history in benchrest actually started a bolt-action needed to be made but which one? off with the Ruger 10/22. Yes I know - a semi I have had five rifles during my career in rimfire auto! It was the only sporting/target rifle I had benchrest but I have tried many more. The ones in my cabinet at the time when I was getting into most widely used in the UK and Europe are rimfire benchrest back in 2004. (Rimfire BR was rifles based around the various Anschutz Match well established in quite a few countries in 2004 actions. and had been for some time. The concept of Air-rifle benchrest did not come along until the A Starting Point. year after, in 2005, with mutual development My first investment in rimfire benchrest may be between Italy and the UK). I remember getting much like your own and came with the purchase in touch with Vince, who wrote a piece about of a CZ model 452. I did not own a rimfire Target Shooter 37

Another attempt at a rimfire build, basing this one on the Anschutz 54 action target rifle like many shooters, as I was first and foremost a pistol shooter. What I really wanted was a Suhl 150 or a Russian CM2, after testing both in France. (I think Vince has recently acquired a Russian rifle for a rimfire BR project rifle so watch out for this). Both were superb and had such potential - especially the former, which has been the basis of many a BR project in the USA. accuracy of the CZ would be sufficient. The CZ was a good purchase after I configured it specifically for rimfire benchrest - hopefully making a £250 rifle into a £600 rifle. The modifications included a single-shot conversion, a Shehane benchrest stock, a barrel-tuner and few other elements I wanted. This rifle was also the basis for my first article in Target Sports magazine, having been inspired by Vince! So if you have back issues of this magazine then you will know how this little project developed over the space of six months. The development work and the rifle helped me win several postal titles and the first UK National title.

As neither were readily available in the UK and I could not source one in France, the CZ came in as the viable option. It was another rifle I had tried at the same time as the others. One prerequisite for this new rifle - it had to be cheap - and like the Ruger, I was adamant that the I used this rifle for several seasons and, although The Feinwerkbau models are excellent off the shelf rifles and something to consider - here with Paul Barker who was in the UK team 2010

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ordered my next rifle! There are many good rifles available that offer a similar starting point for the would-be rimfire accuracy buff, some new, some second-hand. Typically the Finnfire (no longer made but you can still pick them up) the Anschutz 54 or sporter models (I went this route as well for another article), the Suhl (the poor man’s Anschutz), the Martini, the Remington 40x (rare but they are around), the Kimber etc, etc. However, to be competitive, you will maybe have to change the barrel, modify or replace the stock and purchase a barrel tuner, like the Harrel. Moving onwards The ‘off the shelf’ route is Anschutz rifles are the main rifle used within Europe, but do really about the Anschutz or Feinwerkbau. There is also the consider a stock designed for benchrest Cooper TRP 3, made specifically I do not use it anymore, I still have it and would for rimfire benchrest and Fox Firearms in the UK never sell it. This CZ was my first real project, import them www.foxfirearmsuk.com I have customised completely by me and it gave me not had any experience of the Cooper but is real satisfaction in using it and winning with it. supposedly a good ‘entry’ rifle. The Feinwerkbau The question is why don’t I still use it? This rifle 2700 would be preferable, as generally speaking was good for getting top scores of 246/247 on the barrels are very consistent. This is from good days but it just was not 100% consistent - observation and trying these rifles at matches. it would sometimes shoot in the high 230s and The Anschutz 1913 or 2013 just needs a better I just outgrew it - pure and simple. You reach a barrel. The issue here is modifying what is stage where you know it’s the rifle and not you! designed as a prone target rifle for benchrest, in The CZ, or a rifle of similar ilk, like a Kimber or terms of the stock and a few other parts. Marlin, will get you only so far and they are great starter rifles. But, I have to say this again, it will After spending a few years playing with and only get you so far! I was told this by my peers modifying a few rifles myself, it made sense to but did not listen or believe it - until the day I go the whole hog and have an Anschutz 2013 Stock design for benchrest is very important - the Cicognani - below first - is common in Europe, made of wood and based around the McMillan edge stock - below second.

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A customised Feinwerkbau, seriously hits the spot fully customised. I had this built in 2007, ready barrel. Most serious benchrest shooters in for the first European championship. Originally Europe have done this with their Anschutz. I wanted a Shilen or Lilja barrel. The barreled- Remember, Anschutz sell barreled-actions only, so you end paying for both. I would also look at the specialist US actions and barrels if you intend having a rifle built for you. Yes, lots of money but, if I was paying between £1200 and £1800 for a rifle or barreled-action that will maybe place in the top twenty, then personally I would spend another £1000 on a rifle that gives me a shot at a national title or better still, one that will hold its own internationally. If you are interested in an Anschutz or You do get the complete redesigned rifles and other target rifle conversion then Cicognani some like this one shoot very well of Italy is a good place to look at - http:// www.varidecicognani.com/2009/prodotti. action was new but eventually, you will want to asp?idp=3&idsp=92. Another gunsmith replace the factory barrel, even if it is a select in the UK who has had some success is The multitude of customised Anschutz rifles in Europe are a great resource

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Bedding the action, whatever one you go for is vital for accuracy. Here is where a competent gunsmith really come into their own Steve Kershaw in Yorkshire - http://www. well, has won a number of matches and is a joy stevekershawfirearms.co.uk/. Both have built to shoot. a few medal-winning rifles. Having used the Turbo, my personal observation Moving Upwards is that, in comparison to the Anschutz, it is slightly My Turbo action fitted with a Broughton barrel more consistent, less finicky with ammunition is my only experience of a US action. Both and about half a millimeter more accurate. This are specialist custom made products for rimfire means I will still hit the tens with 2013 but have benchrest. What can I say.... this rifle is the best a better chance of hitting the x’s, with the Turbo. rifle I have ever shot. It is a rifle I never intended If you look at the top twenty winning (and high to buy but, it came up for sale the opportunity scoring) rifles in the USA, the list currently stands was too good to miss. I am still happy with the at about 75% Turbo actions, with a variety of Anschutz 2013 I own, as it still shoots extremely barrels like Shilen, Lilja or Broughton. Says it Devices like a barrel tuner are common in rimfire benchrest. The Harrel below, with extra weights and bloop tube, is a common one.

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Craig Young at the 2008 World Championship with his Turbo actioned rifle - it is a winner all really! o’clock firing-pin is the future, the other stating it is just a fad. Fad or not, it is being developed The Future independently in a variety of countries. I guess There is currently a lot of controversy surrounding we could finish off this article as The Good, the rimfire actions. One camp predicts that the 6 Bad and ......... the New. Not very catchy however Another Turbo below - again this one is a world class rifle taking many medals and titles.

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A 6 o’clock firing pin on an Anschutz 2013 bolt. The first I saw back in 2008. Although not a commercial venture new actions are now available with this configuration and I explored this type of action a while ago in on the band-wagon. It’s natural and in some a previous article. ways helps progress. To some extent, the future is what you make it. Do As always, when shooters start winning big-time your research, but inevitably it will come down to with something - like a specific barrel, or tuner, what you are prepared to spend. An interesting or whatever it may be - others are quick to jump series of research articles by Geoffrey Kolbe of The new Falcon action by Baity custom in the USA - come with a choice of 12 or 6 o’clock firing pins - seen here with Broughton barrel. We will have one of these soon for testing.

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Border Barrels can be viewed at http://www. border-barrels.com/articles/rimfire_tests. htm The latest research explores the possible or potential benefits of a 6 o’clock firing pin and makes interesting reading. The internet forums are another good sources of information, although they can offer conflicting advice. Personally I researched the 6 o’clock firing pin back in 2007, seeing one on a modified Anschutz 2013 at the European Championship that same year. It was not a commercial enterprise but the opportunity to have an action with such a firing pin configuration in Europe has recently become greater. Have a look at Baitys website - http://baityscustom.com/ The costs ....... well these are comparable to a good target rifle that can be bought to develop for this sport.

a Lilja, Shilen or Broughton Barrel, the latter being my current favorite. 2. A target rifle action like the Anschutz 2013, with replacement barrel - Lilja have a great reputation and are easy to get to fit for this action. Funnily enough, this is exactly what I have ended up with - both of which are superb rifles. Although the choice is quite extensive, it’s a matter of what you can get hold of and how long you are prepared to wait.

Now that I have some experience of what a good rifle will do, I know that it is essential to have a great action and a great barrel. Put all the parts together in the correct way and you have yourself a winner, pure and simple. Starting It all comes down to is what you want! cheap is not really the way to go - if you are If I was just starting in this sport but with the serious about the sport, even if only competing knowledge I have now, the two options I would in national leagues. Like many others, I’ve go for are: followed he cheap route but inevitably you will trade up, no doubts! Trying to sell your first rifle 1. A specialist benchrest action like the Turbo to finance the next one is not recommended - go (or the Hall, or the new Baitys - these for broke and get the best you can afford right latter two I have no current experience off. Don’t mess around, if you can afford it go for of, but I am hoping for the future) with the full custom rifle. What rifle would I go for? I have both and I am very pleased with the Anschutz custom and the Turbo. Both are sound rifles. Building a custom rifle makes all the difference. The next venture is a Falcon action with Broughton barrel - we hope to see this in the near future

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Outside the US, we must to some extent, make do with what is available, which mostly means rifles based on the Anschutz. Going for a full custom rifle is a big step - it’s a lot of money to fork out but then again, a new target rifle does not come cheap - well into the £2000 range. Rifles like these will need to have extra components and possibly a new barrel. A specialist rimfire benchrest barrel, action, trigger, stock and tuner will cost you about £1300 for the parts, plus VAT. The gunsmithing is on top of this. If these parts are put together properly the rifle will be a far better tool for the sport.

Remember, just taking part in our sport is great in itself. Winning is not everything but really, that is what we are in this game for - even if it is winning against yourself! Until next time.

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by Gwyn Roberts
The first competition of the 2011 Gallery Rifle season got underway over the weekend of 26th/27th March with the NRA’s Spring Action Weekend at Bisley and, once again it proved to be an excellent opportunity for us all to blow the cobwebs out and get back into the swing of things again. For many of us it’s the ideal opportunity to make sure that our sight settings are correct (or adjust them accordingly) before going on to shoot the two big events of the year being the Phoenix and the Nationals - you can’t afford for your sights to be off an inch or so at either of these major Ash Dagger on the barricades events. With the ridiculous cost of fuel as it is at the moment, I didn’t really think that many shooters would enter this year to be honest but it attracted a very good turnout of 181 competitors in the end who shot a total of 993 individual matches safely between them. As always, this event (and every other) was only made possible thanks to the dedication and help of our volunteer Range Officers and Stats Crew who were once again ably led by Match Director Brian Thomas, along with Sally Agnew and Sally Philcox, so thanks very much to you all. Considering the time of year, the weather was very good and it stayed dry and reasonably sunny throughout the whole weekend, which was good news for both the R.O’s and competitors alike. It was nice to hear the usual friendly banter between rivals and club mates on the line and meet up with old friends again for a beer or too in the evenings, as this is what makes our Target Shooter 47

Chris West shooting the TP3 match

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this is what it’s all about at the end of the day, enjoyment! For many, it was the first time that Everybody I met was enjoying themselves, they had picked their rifles or pistols up since regardless of how they were shooting and shooting the Nationals or the Winter Action meeting last year and this did show in a few of the scores that Sara Tacket enjoying her pistol shooting were posted during the weekend. Simple brain-fade, a lack of timing practice or a combination of both certainly caught a few of the top performers out, resulting in some below par performances in some events (compared to their usual high standards that is) but thankfully, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the majority of those competing. One example was Keith Cox who was the only shooter to clean the GRSB Timed & Precision 1 match out of the 49 people who shot it, scoring 300 with 18x’s. He also won the Bianchi rimfire match with a 1914 152x which is the second highest score ever achieved with a .22 rifle so well done to Keith. Dave Wylde also shot an excellent score of 119 14x to win the Multi Target GRSB match, whilst Paul Tasker equaled his Phoenix record score of 119 in the Embassy Cup 12g semi auto event. 48 Target Shooter

Layne Chisholm racks up another win!

Once again, nineteen year old Gaynor Chinnery showed the boys how to shoot an LBP in the T&P3 match dropping a total of only 4 points to take the overall win with 246pts and Alan Whittle won the Multi Target GRCF Classic event with 117pts and 11x’s which again is impressive shooting considering he was using iron sights! The British GR records are set pretty high now in some of the disciplines but the Spring Action meeting still managed to produce 3 new high scores and these were Phil Stead’s 592 26x in the Timed & Precision 2 LBP match, Mel Beards’ 1910 138x with his LBR and my 1918 168x with a Marlin in the Bianchi match so well done to these guys also! It was very encouraging to see a dozen or so ladies taking part in this year’s event but I still didn’t see any juniors out on the range over the weekend. Are there any out there shooting Gallery Rifle and if not, why not?

shotgun or a .308 rifle. Midway UK will once again be generously sponsoring this years Phoenix along with a host of other members of the shooting trade and it will take place at the end of this month from the 27th - 29th May. This is certainly an event not to be missed so if you haven’t entered already, make sure you get onto the NRA website (or Galleryrifle.com) and either download an entry form or enter online as spaces will fill up very quickly.

Please understand that the Phoenix is open to everyone, regardless of shooting or physical abilities and it’s not just for the top 1% of shooters in the country. As long as you are safe, you are more than welcome to come along and join in with the 550+ other like minded shooters who will be taking part and both the Range Officers and other competitors will be more than happy The flagship event of Gallery Rifle shooting to help you along on the day. All you need to do is obviously the Phoenix International and it is ask! attracts shooters from Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany and even South Africa (amongst I think it’s fair to say that you are pretty much others). It offers 128 individual competitions for guaranteed to have an enjoyable weekend of you to enter (not including the team matches) both shooting and socializing at the Phoenix, so which are shot between 10m and 1000 yards do try and get there, even if it’s just for the day using everything from a .22lr pistol, to a 12g as you won’t be disappointed. If you’ve never Target Shooter 49

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actually shot in an open competition before and maybe find the whole scenario a bit daunting to start with, why not start by helping out on the ranges instead rather than competing this The ever helpful Colin McMichael loads

year? This is an ideal way to get to know the range officers on a personal level, whilst seeing and learning exactly what goes on during the actual competitions at the same time. Getting

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acclimatized this way will certainly help make that first step onto the competition ladder a lot easier, and you will also be helping out the sport at the same time so it’s a win - win situation. If you are able to help in anyway please get in Gaynor Chinnery and father Mike

touch as soon as possible with Brian Thomas at brian.thomas@nra.org.uk or give him a ring on 01483 797777 extension 148. For your information a few minor rule changes/ clarifications have been made that have immediate effect, and these will be in force at the Phoenix. They are, in a nutshell: 1. Timed & Precision Two - Magazines for GRSB and LBP must be separate and individual and not taped or otherwise fixed together. 2. Record scores - A record score shall stand if attained by a shooter who adopts an alternative position by reason of either a temporary or permanent disability. 3. Lead bullets - No metal/copper-plated/ jacketed or copper-washed centre-fire bullets may be used on any hard targets i.e. Bianchi plates or Speed Steels.

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Dealing with the Wind (but first we must learn to plot!)

by Chris White
The ability to plot shots quickly and accurately is the hall mark of a competent and successful shooter. Many may poo-poo it as needless mumbo-jumbo. If you are a sceptic, don’t just take my word for it - the 2010 Queen’s Prize winner, David Calvert (above) is a ‘dyed in the wool’ plotter. Whilst there are many other advantages to accurate plotting, what we are interested in here is its application to wind judgement and,

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Figure 2 its application to establishing and maintaining a We have our static data recorded so that the proper ‘wind zero’. diagram (often erroneously called a score sheet) can be referred to later and we have the position Like many things in shooting, there is more of the two sighters marked. than one way to do this. What I am going to describe is the currently accepted best method. What we are going to look at first is the If, like me, you were taught an alternative, many construction of the elevation plot because this moons ago, I recommend you change your is a bit easier to understand than the wind spots and follow the method which I am about to plot. Once you can plot elevation quickly and describe. The plot we are going to work through accurately you will find it easy to plot wind is derived from a shoot in the 2009 Trafalgar correctly. Meeting shot, appropriately enough, with a rifle once belonging to a renowned wind-judge of Obviously, if the sighters are representative of yesteryear - the late Rear Admiral Hutton. where the actual group will form, 19 minutes is not enough elevation. At this point we need to I chose this for no other reason than I had a blank ‘guesstimate’ where to start our elevation plot. plotting diagram on my desk and an image of In this case I chose 20 minutes. Look at figure the plot on my computer. So let’s make a start. 2 above. Figure 1 on the previous page, shows the diagram as it stood after the firing of the first two sighters. At this point we need to understand that one square on the diagram represents one ‘rifle minute’. That is the amount a movement of a minute on the rearsight will move the shot. There is a difference between a rifle minute and a true minute but that is not really relevant at this stage. 54 Target Shooter Twenty is marked on the mid-line of the elevation plot. Going up the plot on the diagram represents a need to have less elevation on the rifle (this concept is fundamentally important). Bear with me, it will become clear later. So the numbers above the mid-line are decreasing and those below it are increasing. Now to constructing the plot.

Figure 3

What we are going to do is plot ‘corrected elevation’. That is, we are going to plot the elevation which should have been on the rifle to hit the centre-line. Starting with the first sighter (conventionally marked A) we start with our pencil point on that position on the graph which coincides with the elevation set on the rifle for

that shot. In this case 18 minutes. Looking at the diagram we can see that the shot fell 1¾ minutes low so we move the pencil 1¾ downwards and make a dot. Likewise with the second sighter (B), which fell 1½ minutes below the centre-line we start with our pencil point on 19 minutes, move it down

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Figure 5 1 ½ minutes and make the dot. Our plot now pencil is moved down a little under a minute. looks like figure 2. Shot 10 went a minute high so the pencil is moved up a minute from the sight setting. This Here the plot is telling us that a reasonable shot, however was ‘called’ as a high shot. This estimate of the mean, corrected elevation, at this is identified with a ring around its mark on the stage is 20 minutes. So 20 was set on the rifle plot. We have now completed our shoot and our and this found the ‘waterline’. So we place the elevation plot so the diagram will look like figure pencil point on 20 and since the shot is neither 6 on the next page. above or below the mid-line this is where the mark is made. With shot 2 the shot has fallen If the called shot had occurred in the middle half a minute below the centre line so the pencil of the shoot the ring would have served as a is moved down half a minute (figure3). reminder to ignore that point on the plot. Likewise with shot three. By this time we see that the group is starting to stabilise around a To recap, high shots require less elevation, so mean elevation of 20½ minutes. For shot 4, 20½ the numbers on the plot come down the plot in was set on the sight. As it happened the shot ascending order. The apparent, mean elevation landed about ¼ minute above the centre line so is read off by projecting an imaginary line from the pencil is lined up with 20½ (the elevation on the centre of the developed plot to the column the gun) and moved up the plot a ¼ minute, we of figures at its left hand edge. Group centres now have the plot developed as in figure 4. are not always stable so this ‘corrected mean elevation’ may need to be revised during the Shots five six and seven were all on the waterline shoot. so the mark is made opposite 20½ on the plot. Shot 8 fell ¾ of a minute low so the pencil is The best way to learn how to do this is to practice. lined up with 20 ½ and then moved down ¾ of a Dig out some of your old diagrams and plot the minute. (figure 5 above) corrected elevation. It is important that you can plot swiftly and accurately. Quick enough to Similarly shot 9 is almost a minute low so the allow you to make decisions regarding elevation 56 Target Shooter

Figure 6 before it is your turn to shoot again and still Now to the wind plot. leave enough time for you to assess the wind The mechanics of wind-plotting are identical to conditions. that of plotting corrected elevation. Remember Figure 7

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Figure 8 this though. The wind plot can only tell us what was right when the last shot was fired. It cannot tell us what windage we will need for the next shot. (Except under very stable conditions). Nonetheless it is a very important decision making tool as we will learn later. The first thing to understand about the wind plot is that the numbers on the plot increase in value away from the direction the wind is coming from. In the case we are looking at, the wind was blowing from the left; therefore as the wind strength increased it would blow shots to the right. This means that more windage is required on the gun, so the numbers increase from left to right and vice versa in the case of a wind coming from the right. since the wind appeared to be worth about two minutes left, I started (in this case) at two minutes. The numbers decreasing to the left and increasing to the right. In the case of my own plotting diagrams, the short range ones have the windscale exaggerated but the distance between each line still represents one minute. Figure 7 on the previous page, shows the plot after the first two sighters. Sighter A was fired with 2 minutes left on the gun and the shot fell 1½ minutes right of the vertical centre-line. So the pencil point is placed against 2 and moved 1½ minutes to the right. Sighter B was also fired with 2 minutes left and fell on the centre-line so the mark is made against 2 minutes.

Shot 1 was fired with 2¼ left on the gun and fell I have seen many instances where shooters plot on the vertical centre-line so the pencil point is right wind on the right hand side of the plot. This placed against 2¼ and the mark made there. is wrong and means they are not plotting but mentally calculating the value of the true wind. Shot two was also fired with 2¼ but the shot The whole purpose of the plot is to eliminate the fell ¾ minute to the right of the centre-line. So need to indulge in mental arithmetic! the pencil point is placed against 2¼ and then moved ¾ to the right and the mark made. In this instance I have annotated the right-hand The plot now looks like figure 8 on the opposite end of the plot - ‘left’. page. Shots four and five were both shot with We have to start the plot somewhere and 2½ left on the rifle and fell about ¾ and ½ right 58 Target Shooter

Figure 9 of the centre-line. So the pencil-point is lined up with 2½ and moved these amounts to the right. The plot now looks like figure 9 above. The remaining shots are plotted in the same manner, so at the end of the shoot the plot looked like figure 10 below. For example shot six was fired with two and five eighths minutes left and the shot fell half a minute left of the vertical centre line so the pencil point is place between 2 ½ and 2¾ and moved ½ to the left.

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HANDLOADING BENCH - 6mm BR NORMA (Part 1)

by Laurie Holland
This month’s topic is the compact but potent 6mm performance of the bigger 6.5s and 7s at the BR Norma. ‘BR’ is for benchrest, so one would longest ranges, it’s very strong in between. expect it to be more than ordinarily accurate too – and it is, in the right rifle of course. That’s not to say it cannot be used successfully at very long distances, a 6BR shooter briefly Many shooters in this country think of it as holding the world 1,000yd benchrest record an out an out competition job, but it is a truly only three or four years ago. US National versatile design, making a great long-range fox F-Class team member and former US F-Class and vermin cartridge and working well on small Champion, John Brewer prefers it to 6.5-284 deer, just achieving the English 1,700 ft/lbs ME Norma up to 600yd, believing it to have superior legal requirement and comfortably ‘deer-legal’ in accuracy and of course, producing less recoil Scotland, for roe deer at any rate. and rifle disturbance on the bags. Given settled conditions and a free choice (which one hasn’t at What sort of competitive disciplines see this ‘six’? this level thanks to the need for team members to Oddly enough, given the name, few benchrest shoot the same thing to facilitate accurate wind matches, or those shot over the usual 100 and coaching), Brewer says the smaller cartridge 1,000yd ranges anyway. You’re more likely to can be superior at longer ranges too right up to find it used in F-Class at intermediate ranges. the 1,000yd mark. However, the key words here However, appearances may well increase on are ‘in settled conditions’. some ranges given the introduction of 300yd ‘precision’ competitions shot off benches, now However, it doesn’t have things entirely its own augmented by PSSA building a 600yd benchrest way in the medium range stakes by any means, facility on Diggle Ranges. there being a growing band of highly competitive, similarly sized 6 and 6.5mm precision jobs – Competitive shooters in continental Europe the Tubb 6XC; 6mm Swiss Match; 6.5 x 47mm have adopted the 6BR in a big way for their Lapua and various ‘wildcats’ based on the BR 300-metre three-position shooting, displacing and other cases. .308 Winchester. These facts point to the cartridge’s competitive niche – while it does not Remington v Norma quite match the all-conquering PPCs’ grouping I could have called our subject ‘6mm BR ability at 100 and 200yd or the external ballistic Remington’ and that’s the moniker you’ll normally Target Shooter 61

Barnes’ .308 x 1.5” in 1978; Norma setting new specifications and obtaining CIP listing in 1995. Case dimensions are identical for the pair except for the early Remington form being shorter at 1.520 inches compared to 1.560 inches, the difference entirely in the neck length. Remington didn’t manufacture BR cases and ammunition until 1989 and Sierra Bullets says the case-length was increased to 1.560 in. at that time; others disagree, suggesting Remington continued as before. Since I’ve only ever used Lapua brass (packages marked up as 6mm BR Norma), I can’t say who is right, but the US manuals find it listed under in those American loading use Remington manufactured cases and quote manuals that cover it. What is the difference, if maximum and ‘trim-to’ lengths of 1.560 in. / any, between Remington and Norma versions? 1.550 in., identical to the Scandinavian models. There is a substantial chronological gap between them, the American company regularising Either way, the real differences lie up front in the the dimensions of ‘wildcats’ based on Frank barrel and barrel throat. Remington conceived its design as a short-range accuracy cartridge loaded with 60 – 75gn bullets, cartridge overall length (COL) set at 2.200 inches, bullets thereby loaded to protrude around a half-inch from of the case and barrel throating dimensions specified accordingly. With short bullets the norm, a slow rifling twist of one turn in 14 is the SAAMI standard. Norma followed a lead set by some gunsmiths and competitors who realised the BR case had enough powder capacity to give heavier, more ballistically efficient bullets usable MVs for longer-range shooting. This required the barrel to have a suitable twist rate allied to ‘long throating’, of course – nothing new in this and applied to many other cartridges over the years including 284 Winchester; .223, .22-250 and .260 Remington. The 6mm BR Norma version is designed around 105/107gn match bullets seated to give a maximum COAL of 62mm (2.441 inches) and the standard rifling twist is 1 in 8. 62 Target Shooter

a considerable influence on both NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms development, the Soviets producing the 7.62 x 39mm for use in the AK47 and NATO two competing designs, the British / Canadian / Belgian 280/30 (7 x 43mm) cartridge which lost out to the American T65E3 (7.62 x 51mm NATO) thanks to US Army pressure. However, it quickly became obvious that whatever the latter cartridge’s strengths, and there are many, it failed in the assault rifle role being over powerful for full-auto fire. This started a run of short cartridge experimentation, this time by freelance designers and ‘wildcatters’, one result being Frank Barnes’ .308 x 1.5” of 1961, in which the 7.62 / .308W case was shortened to precisely 1½ inches (38mm) and its taper reduced. This cartridge impressed many designers and Remington’s Mike Walker used it as the starting point for the ‘BR family’. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Iron Curtain, an unknown Russian had taken the 7.62 x Why two ‘official’ names for what is obviously no more than loading variations? SAAMI (US) and CIP (EC) bodies’ standards include the barrel throat and twist dimensions – change those and you have a different cartridge, so Norma couldn’t stick with the Remington name even if it had wished to. Shooters almost invariably use ‘6BR’ as a shorthand title, then discuss the barrel specs. Obviously, if you’re having a rifle built or rebarreled for the cartridge, the gunsmith will quiz you closely on what you intend to use the rifle for and intended loads, before recommending a rifling twist rate and throat configuration. 6BR v 6PPC The original Remington set-up and intended use were very close to those of the 6PPC and at first glance they look nearly identical. They even have common, if distant, roots in Adolf Hitler’s ‘Third Reich’. Half way through WW2, the development team at the Polte, Magdeburg plant produced the 7.92 x 33mm that saw limited wartime deployment in the original ‘Sturmgewehr’ or assault rifle, the MP43 / StG44. Post ‘45 this combination had Target Shooter 63

39mm M43, necked it down and made some calling it the 220 Russian and that, as most TS other changes to provide Soviet Olympic readers know, was the genesis of the .22 PPC shooters with a light recoiling, accurate Running and its 6mm sibling. Deer cartridge. The Finns adopted the design Why these genealogies matter is because they give two apparently similar cartridges noticeably different case and powder capacities, not to mention powder column diameters. The M43 / PPC family has a 0.445 inch case-head and lower-body diameter; the 308W / Barnes / BR family, 0.473 inches, hence around 12-15% larger internal volume depending on the make of case. Nobody knows for certain why the PPC delivers such an unbeatable degree of short-range accuracy. One possible factor is the powder capacity is exactly right for the purpose, giving just enough bullet velocity to buck the wind, while the similar but slightly larger 6BR has a little too much oomph but with the consolation prize of better performance at long ranges. The variation in case-head diameters also affects the ease and cost of building a rifle. A good .243, .308, .22-250 can be rebuilt as a BR by simple rebarrelling, their having the same diameter bolt-face. Ideally, 6PPC 64 Target Shooter

requires a smaller diameter bolt-face which could mean an expensively modified bolt or even a new action. Often however, it will work satisfactorily with the 308 bolt-face. Varmints and Pistols I said Remington produced BR specifications in 1978 but it was to be another 12 years before anyone saw a Remmy manufactured BR case or cartridge. That was because the company saw it as a ‘factory wildcat’ available as one of a trio of calibres – 224, 6mm and 7mm. As well as drawings to allow toolmakers to produce reamers and dies, Remington produced a basic case – the .30 UBBR (unformed basic bench rest), a high-quality .308 Winchester case with unusually thin walls.

previously forked out a considerable sum for specially made UBBR brass? Take one set of 6mm (or .22, or 7mm) BR dies, not cheap at that time given they would have been listed in a limited production / wildcat die series. Then throw in a set of very expensive special-order ‘form-dies’ to re-form the 308 dimensioned cases into BRs. Finally, take a great deal of time and effort and probably a few tears as the odd case concertinaed during the process.

The smaller the calibre, the more steps and work were involved (Table 1). Given the outlay involved of both time and money, you can understand why there weren’t many BR shooters around 25 or so years ago but the problems didn’t end there! Users found the brass had a tendency to undo some of the reforming work during each The ignition department was different too, with firing giving increasingly hard chambering and a small rifle dimensioned primer pocket and extraction and requiring more work on the cases, undersize flash-hole (current Lapua examples or even having to discard them prematurely. have a nominal 1.5mm or 0.059 in. compared to the standard 1/16 or 0.625 in.), tests having With .220 Russian brass available and requiring shown these features facilitate a more consistent far less work to be turned into PPC cases, charge-burn. benchrest shooters abandoned the BR, giving its competitor a 10-year start. So, we’ll never So, how did a would-be BR shooter actually know if the BR could have matched the PPC in obtain a collection of correctly dimensioned benchrest accuracy given the same amount of cases for the appropriate BR version having development. Target Shooter 65

Likewise, one had to be a mighty keen ‘varminter’ to go through this amount of hassle to gain a bit extra performance and accuracy over a good 22250. Moreover, the BRs gave such users and their gunsmiths another headache – magazine feed problems. Single-shot bolt-action varmint rifles are widely used today but you could hardly

give one away to American sporting shooters 25 years ago. Remington 700s could be made to feed – just; other factory actions with tapered magazine boxes presented a near impossible challenge. With this list of downsides, one wonders how

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the BR cartridge survived irrespective of its performance – and in fact, it very nearly didn’t. Speciality long-barrel pistols turned out to be its salvation thanks to the 7mm version turning out to be a superb performer in this application, both for handgun silhouette competition and ‘hunting’, it being used on wild hogs, whitetail deer and pronghorn antelope. The 7mm BR would give a 140gn bullet 2,250fps (1,573 ft/lbs ME) in a 15 inch barrel Remington XP-100 single shot boltaction or break-action Thompson-Contender. It was these sales that encouraged Remington to belatedly manufacture 7mm BR cartridges and brass, which in turn much simplified the handloader’s task in reforming cases down to the 224 and 6mm versions, the latter model also factory produced for a while too at a later date.

growth of benchrest shooting over it.)

As with other less specialist 6mm cartridges like .243 Winchester, 10T can of course be chosen as a compromise allowing the use of 90gn match bullets alongside 70-87gn ‘varmint’ bullets, but 8T offers much more flexibility without any apparent loss of performance with the 75 to 90-grainers. To give an example of required twists, I’ve included a couple of photographs of a selection of top-quality Berger bullets courtesy of their distributor Norman Clark Gunsmiths Ltd. and Table 2 lists the manufacturer’s quoted ideal twist rates. As with all 6mm cartridges, there is a fantastic choice of bullets available for F-Class; short-range benchrest (now with new home produced Orion and G-C Bullets models); thinBullets and Twists jacketed high accuracy ‘varmint’ bullets from 55 As noted, the US SAAMI spec for the original to 90gn weight; medium game bullets for deer. Remington version was (and remains) a very slow 14T and today’s Norma version is a I mentioned the barrel twist range can extend markedly different 8T. One might in fact specify to 7T or 7.5T. These super-fast twists are only a barrel with a rifling twist anywhere within a needed for the heaviest of bullets – the 115gn range of 7 to 14 to the gunsmith, although both Berger VLD and 115gn DTAC (David Tubb extremes are rare. So, how do we decide? As design). Since the DTAC is no longer than the always, the process starts with the use the rifle 105gn Lapua Scenar, one can get away with will be put to, hence the bullets that are to be the ‘standard’ 8T rate, as demonstrated with my loaded. experiences with the HPS Ltd.- built FC704 / RPA F-Class rifle reviewed in the March issue. In practice, 8T and 12T are the two most widely specified twist rates by a large margin – the Scuttlebutt has it that the rival 115gn Berger former for shooters who wish to use long match has an over-long jacket for the calibre, this bullets in the 95-107gn range and/or the heavier thin benchrest quality J4 component being expanding deer bullets. This twist rate will also over-stressed, while the DTAC works well thanks perform well with light bullets down to the 70gn to the use of a thicker, heavier Sierra produced mark, therefore offering great flexibility. The jacket. DTACs are available from Norman Clark 12” twist rate is usually specified by short-range as well as HPS Ltd. for those who want to try target shooters and/or ‘varminters’, being ideal them and although designed for the larger Tubb for bullets up to the 75gn mark, and also able to 6XC cartridge running at 3050 fps, they can be stabilise specialist flat-base match bullets in the driven at a very useful 2800 – 2900 fps by a 6BR 80-90gn range that can give top performance at rifle with suitable length barrel. The hot news is 600yd. (This range is currently receiving much that Tubb has taken his design further with a attention in American reports thanks to the rapid sharp polymer tip 117gn version, that improves Target Shooter 67

ballistics slightly over the current hollow-point design, but more importantly gives much greater BC consistency (hence elevation consistency at ultra long-ranges) without any need to uniform bullet tips in a meplat trimmer. Dies and Brass Although called 6mm BR Norma, I’ve never come across this company’s loaded ammunition or brass in this country, and have yet to meet anyone who has. Everybody uses Lapua cases which are widely available – very reasonably priced too considering it is near benchrest quality as it comes from the box. A few dealers list Remington cases, but again I’ve never actually seen any. As noted previously, the design uses small rifle primers and has an undersize flash-hole, a nuisance especially for people like me who like to deprime fired cases as a separate operation prior to cleaning and resizing. You can take a Lee or whatever deprime die and turn the pin down, or alternatively buy the recently introduced Redding version specifying the small diameter stem for 20 calibre cartridges which happily also has the small diameter pin as required by BR and PPC cases.

6BR dies come with the small decapper pin of course, and if you rely on that it’s a good idea to get some spares, otherwise Sod’s law will ensure your sole example will catch on the case body and snap as you prepare ammunition just before the most important match of the season! Most manufacturers now produce 6BR die sets, Lee Precision unusually missing out on this one, even though it has the 6PPC in its range. I chose Forster ‘Benchrest’ dies, moving onto a specialorder neck-size as described in ‘Handloading Topics’ back in January to reduce the amount the brass is worked. Do you need or want to specify a tight-neck chamber when the rifle is built, as is usually done with the PPCs even on fox rifles? There is a growing consensus that a full-house small diameter chamber neck section and heavily turned brass is not required for the 6BR, in fact may be counter-productive. While 6PPC tightneck chambers are usually specified at 0.262 inches which requires the neck thickness to be reduced to around 8 to 9 thousandths of an inch, some top 6BR shooters have gone for 0.271 to .272 inch and the neck just ‘cleaned-up’ with the neck-turner for uniform thickness and cut slightly into the shoulder to avoid the ‘dreaded doughnut’

Table 1  Reforming Steps .30 UBBR to 7mm or 6mm BR  1. Push neck back to its new position with the form die No.1.  2. Reduce case length in a trim die or with a tube cutter.  3. Thin the neck walls with a special inside‐turner die. (The die supports the case while a  cutter tool is inserted and rotated to reduce wall thickness from the inside.)  4. Reduce the neck diameter in one or more steps to the desired calibre using suitable  sizer dies with the expander removed or with special form dies.  5. Full‐length resize with 7mm or 6mm BR sizer die.  6. Final case trim down to 1.550”.  7. Chamfer the case mouth edges. 

Table 2  Ideal Twist Rates for the Six Berger Bullets  Bullet Model      Twist (one turn in ….)  66gn High BC flat‐base Match  13  88gn High BC flat‐base Match  10  95gn VLD Match    9  70gn Varmint flat‐base    13  71gn Varmint BT    12  80gn Varmint flat‐base    12 
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This Smallbore Business

By Don Brook
Dry Fire - just how important is it? learning to hold the rifle still and release a dry shot without moving the rifle. He taught me to breathe Of monumental importance, that’s how much! correctly, to ‘feel’ within myself and to develop a I do not know of one champion shooter, in any competition spirit that became second to none. discipline for the precision events that has not spent countless hours in dry fire. Not only is it a lot cheaper As such, I did spend those hours dry firing - at a spot than spending the same countless hours in live fire, on the hallway floor and I learned….. Tom taught the true value of dry fire lies in the self discipline of me to release a dry shot with my Lee Enfield 303 the exercise. (with a striker pin fall of about an inch!) that did not move the rifle. Some tell me they get bored easily with dry fire and, many tell me there is no result to gain any benefit The result of this training saw me fire my first possible from it. Some are also just plain lazy and do not want 50 (at 800 yards) just six weeks after I started to go to the trouble of getting fitted out in their gear shooting. I have always appreciated his interest as and so on. a mentor and he taught me a great deal even after I switched my interest to smallbore. So much so, that Well, I never had any of that trouble, I was always I seriously doubt I would have reached the heights I eager to get behind a rifle as I really enjoyed the did, without Tom’s direction. feeling of my favourite sport, even in my quite young days. I was 14 when my Father introduced me to Dry fire is extremely important if you have designs on fullbore shooting with a SMLE .303 and enrolled me getting to where ever your goals may take you. in my local rifle club. He reckoned that if I was going to be a shooter, being always interested in firearms The time spent in dry fire is even more crucial if your (as most boys are) then he wanted me to get into interest lies in ‘position’ shooting, where the three somewhere where safety was the prime interest! So positions you need to learn are demanding enough it came to pass - it did affect the entire rest of my to almost require full time training. Australia did not life……. have a great deal of shooting support in my early days, and our early champions did do a great deal of Lysaghts Rifle Club had a couple of extremely good work on their own. fullbore shooters amongst the members and I was lucky (in retrospect) that I came under the wing of a So what are the requirements of dry fire? How can shooter who was a very good coach. Tommy Hann, it become interesting enough to promote the long placed my feet in the right direction and I was hooked hours of training? Is there light at the end of that on the sport immediately. tunnel? Sometimes it feels as if there never is but the One of the things Tom insisted on was dry fire, struggle allows the development of mental strength,

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of being able to achieve!

Some years ago I met one of the best in the world, Lanny Bassham and I would like to relate a story he told me, concerning dry fire where he related to his beginning in the marksmanship unit at Fort Benning. Lanny Bassham was told to dry fire and so his time at the firing point was consumed by dry fire until he thought he had hold of it standing. In due course Lanny went to Bill Pullum the coaching legend of the Boy, did I learn a lot about me that morning! USAAMU and asked if he could shoot live shots at his target, as he had been dry firing for nearly four Another item about dry fire is that there are no short months. Pullum said… “Yep, and I will watch..” cuts, in any of the positions. It is very important to replicate the exact same methods you employ in live Bassham jumped at the chance, worked really hard fire, even to the exact same reloading technique. I on the shot, and fired a ten…. have seen many, particularly in the prone position, that just re-cock the rifle and proceed when they “Lanny” says Pullum, “When you can work as hard normally take the rifle out of position when firing live on your dry fire, as you did on that shot, come and ammunition. To vary your standard techniques is see me again” and walked off….. inattention to detail and amounts to laziness. The amount that Lanny did after that resulted in his climb to the top, including Olympic glory. And I realised after that story how much credence the top shots place on the dry fire routines they develop. Just learning to get really good shots away.

I also vividly remember my first international prone shoot, which happened to be the 1972 Munich Olympic Games English match. (Yep, that is in the deep end, big time!) where I fired seven tens as sighter shots, but it took me NINE minutes to get my first shot away. The shot was smack in the middle, and I was just NOT going to let a crappy release go! I relaxed, fired three or four dry fires and then went on.

Training dry fire is replicating the same techniques and you can train in a new technique such as shooting very fast, or leaving the rifle in the shoulder to facilitate this as a method new, or out of your normal process. The attention to detail is a factor that needs to be addressed and never varied once When I developed my own skills, I always trained you decide on the training method to be installed. with a mix of dry and live fire, particularly position work standing and kneeling. I would work on the Yes readers, it is crucial that your learning techniques positions to allow the natural point of aim to coincide allow for a heap of time on the floor in any of the with the correct aim and dry fire three or four shots to three positions and this also applies to full bore, even every live fire round I loaded. with the bigger target dimensions they employ. Always I tried to repeat the ‘hold’ sequence and shot What about the available electronic gimmickry that’s release so that a good solid shot was released when out there now - the training electronics such as Sam I did load a live one up the spout. trainers, and others? I remember the first competition 100 I fired standing, which was in the New Zealand 3x40 championships at Rotorua. I dry fired five shots within those ten record shots, even then. I needed this to get the ‘rubbish’ out of my mind! These are very useful as they do give a lot of information back to the shooter and you can keep an eye on ‘hold’ dimensions and shape, triggerrelease effects, sighting accuracy and so on. They also teach a good follow-through sequence, which is hugely important.

The pay factor came when my KIWI friends said “Shit Brooksie, NO ONE shoots a 100 on their feet!” But You should be aware though, that in the case of they didn’t know that those ten shots actually had 15 300m and full bore, the electronic systems cannot aiming functions! (I didn’t say anything either!) monitor the effects of recoil, nor can you glean any information of how to control this outside of the follow I can also relay my personal best kneeling through sequence. As a coaching tool though, I think performance, fired in Munich, where I shot a 396 every small bore club in the world should have one! and within those 40 shots I fired 16 dry fire releases. If nothing else, they do get the shooters to dry fire! Why? To get rid of the ‘rubbish’ in my head, to stop the overriding nervous tension that sometimes used Another gem for you all…”We are what we train to to creep in. This taught me to relax within the match be, excellence then becomes not just an act, but a itself, to ‘get back to the basics’ and, I always related habit” (Aristotle) to the story above of Lanny Bassham, if I needed a ‘boot in the backside’.

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National Small-bore Rifle Association
The Young Turks on the Block At any time a sport looks to its leading youngsters to show their progress at international level. This is particularly true in the build-up to an Olympic Games, and most especially when you are the host nation. Last year it was Jen McIntosh who led the way with a very impressive debut in Fort Benning and Belgrade at the start of her World Cup career. In the Three Positions Rifle events she finished 10th on both occasions, the highest placing by a British woman in this event at a World Cup for more years than we care to remember. This stunning start included several new British and Scottish records and progress up the World Rankings to a position in the top 25. On its own this would constitute a great indicator of things to come. However to this has to be added her other achievements in 2010. Two Golds and a Bronze at the Commonwealth Games. The only individual rifle medal at the World Championships. Two more Golds at the Commonwealth Championships and several other medals at other internationals around Europe. An excellent haul at a time when Jen still had one more full year as a junior. Another shooter with more time in hand as a junior is Kristian Callaghan. In 2010 his doubleGold in Rapid Fire and Standard Pistol at the Junior Nordic Championships may have been in competitions with a relatively small field. On the other hand they were both events for which the required pistol is a prohibited firearm in Great Britain, and where he was competing against good-quality Scandinavian shooters who have no such access problems. Kristian had already been setting new British records regularly with his 5-shot air pistol in the similar courses of fire that we can shoot over here. Now 2011 as seen him arrive on the record books with his .22 cartridge pistol as well. During March in Wiesbaden and Dortmund he raised the British Junior Rapid Fire Pistol record to 560, and then 561. Prior to this Adrian Steele had held it for just a couple of months short of twenty years with his 557 in Brunswick, when the course was shot under slightly easier conditions using .22 Short ammunition and a more anatomically-helpful grip.

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In this case the rap came from James Huckle, who although he ceased to be a junior at the end of 2010, will not have his 21st birthday until September this year. Having started with rapid success as a selftaught field target shooter, he quickly chose to transfer to the ISSF Code when he recognised this as being the only route to the ultimate pinnacle of the Olympic Games. Together with Jon Hammond and Neil Stirton, he successfully negotiated the Elimination Stage of the Men’s 3x40 and then scored Kristian Callaghan 1168 in Qualification round, one point short of the British record set by Alister Allan in The most recent event where one of the current British crop of youngsters hammered at the 1990. This took James into the final in seventh door was the World Cup in Changwon, Korea. place, where he added 99.1 for sixth place and a total of 1267.1. This beat the late Malcolm Cooper’s last remaining small-bore British record of 1263.9, which Malc set in Zurich in 1989 – 15 months before James was born!! Sadly for James, the final icing on the cake was not there, but just agonisingly close. The two Olympic Quota Places available in the event went to the shooters in 1st and 3rd places, but James was next in line as the other three shooters ahead of him had already secured Quotas in earlier competitions. Also were it not for the ISSF Rule that says he is no longer a junior despite being some months away from his 21st birthday, his Changwon shoot would have given Target Shooter 75

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him one equal and one new European Junior record. However James’ position and potential is confirmed by his first British record as a senior and by his new World Ranking of No. 18, he being the only shooter under the age of 21 in the current Top 60. British Shooting has now announced the final selection arrangements for the 2012 Olympic Shooting Team, details of which can be seen on their website, www.britishshooting.org. uk. The criteria for consideration for selection includes the need to have achieved a Minimum Consideration Score at one of a small number of

international events. So far just three shooters in rifle and pistol events have achieved these scores – Jen in Women’s Air Rifle and Jon Hammond in Men’s Prone Rifle, both at the Sydney World Cup, and James in 3x40 at Changwon. Here’s hoping for further successes for our shooters in the remaining qualifiers for Quota Places and MCSs, which start with the Fort Benning World Cup on 14th May and for which the European Championships in Belgrade in August will be of special importance.

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From The Bench
VINCE’S REGULAR COLUMN WHEREBY ACCURACY NUTS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE ACTIVITIES OF THE UKBRA

Competitions The first shoot of the 2011 competition year took place at Diggle Ranges the first weekend in April. Our 100 yard shoot on the Saturday produced a decent HV turn-out though Factory Sporter shooters were down to just two. Conditions looked reasonable but tiny groups were few with just three ‘ones’ recorded – the best a splendid 0.13 incher by Bruce Lenton.

Small group Bruce Lenton 6PPC Stolle 0.13 in Factory Sporter 1stAndy Woolley 6PPC Sako 0.5364 in. 2ndStuart Benson 223 Remmington 0.9 in. Small group Andy Wooley 0.368 in

Results: Heavy Varmint The following day, at 1000 yards, the weather st 1 Steve Dunn 6PPC Dunn Stolle 0.2604 inches was again fair and Stuart Benson, using a 308 (av. of five, 5-shot groups) Remington almost put the whole field to shame with an outstanding 5.6 inch group. Stuart briefly held the 2ndIan Dixon 6PPC Walker BAT 0.296 in. UK record with this rifle about five years ago with another five-inch group and since it has had many 3rdVince Bottomley 6PPC TGP BAT 0.2994 in. hundreds of rounds down the barrel. Fortunately,

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Mike Weatherhead’s 5.5 inch group just saved the Small group: Stuart Benson 5.636 inches Light Gun entry from total embarrassment! Our other April competition was a 100 yard ‘score’ In spite of his great shooting and a sub. ten-inch shoot. We always shoot for ‘group’ and for me, agg, Stuart didn’t claim the Factory Sporter win – shooting for score was a new departure. The that went to Phil Gibbon, with his 6.5-284 Savage. equipment – scope, rifle, rests etc. are identical but here we shoot 20 ‘bulls’ with a one millimetre diameter Jack Gibb comfortably claimed the Light Gun win X ring. The 10-ring is about 10m in diameter. Two with his 6.5-284 Barnard which he accredits to his cards are shot in total, so about 50 rounds in all with new 8 – 80 March scope! sighters. Results: Light Gun Results - Heavy varmint: 1st Jack Gibb 6.5 Barnard 7.965 (av. of four, 1st Jeanette Whitney 6PPC TGP Stolle 5-shot groups) 393.14X (ex. 400) 2nd Steve Dunn 7mm BooBoo BAT 9.009 in. 3rd Mal Roberts 7mmWSM BAT Small group: Mike Weatherhead Walker Sako 5.5 inches Factory Sporter 1st Phil Gibbon 6.5-284 Savage 2nd Stuart Benson 308 Remington 3rd Alan Seagrave 9.045 in. 2nd Vince Bottomley 6PPC TGP BAT 391.10X 3rd Bruce Lenton 6PPC Stolle 389.8X

7 m m W S M Factory Sporter : 1st Jack Mills 223 Browning 202 9.14 in 9.551 in Next 100/1000 yard benchrest weekend at Diggle is 7/8th May. E-mail vinceb@6ppc.fsnet.co.uk Also – don’t forget our once in a lifetime 1000 yard egg shoot on May 30th Bank Holiday Monday. Break an egg at 1000 yards and win £1000!

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The Benchmark - Rimfire & Air Rifle Benchrest News
Rimfire benchrest comes to Diggle – 25th 3rd John Farrell 478.16X April 2011 Heavy Varmint: Although Diggle has long been a venue for 1st Jake Healey 497.24X centrefire benchrest shooting, the first official rimfire shoot was held there by the Northern 2nd A Lomax 490.18X Area guys and gals on Easter Monday. 3rd Richard Healey 490.15X It was a superb warm sunny day but with switching winds providing a challenge for most John Farrell is doing his best to get more of us at 50 yards. For me, it was a steep learning outdoor ‘shoulder to shoulder’ matches going curve but a very enjoyable day in the company but, he needs your support. Find out where the of some great folk. I look forward to repeating next one is by e-mailing John on j.farrell2@ the exercise. ntlworld.com As you will see from the results, it was something of a Healey family whitewash with Young Jake Healey taking the HV win and Dad Richard winning the LV. Both will be going to the World Championships in America in July as part of the GB Team. Results: Light varmint 1st Richard Healey 487.25X 2nd J Stephenson 480.18X

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The Long View

News from the GB F-Class Association by Les Holgate

GB F-CLASS ASSOCIATION LEAGUE ROUND 1, DIGGLE 16/17th April It’s the same every year as the new shooting season comes around isn’t it? You know what I mean – after ‘The Europeans’ the previous November, there’s all the time in the world to sort out your handloads, sight a new scope in, get a new rifle or barrel run-in and suddenly it’s the end of March and it’s only days away to the first round of the season at Diggle and everything becomes a great rush. As I’m the poor sod who organizes the Diggle rounds, that just compresses those timescales and increases pressure further. Then there’s the weather – what’s it going to do this year? Do we pack the waterproofs and Gore-Tex lined warm stuff or the shades and sun-block? Tell you what, take both and a bit more!

My real worry however when the GB-FCA circus heads Digglewards is that the Pennine mist hampers visibility and forces a late start - particularly likely at this time of the year and, sure enough, the M62’s Windy Hill summit was well shrouded with dense gray stuff on the way there – OMG! But no, the range was clear, as seventy bleary-eyed competitors turned up at 8.00 am or before to be signed in and given their squadding details. The first shots went downrange at 8.50am from the 500 yard firing-point and, the sun was shining – Phew! Capacity Entry For the second year, the season opener was the Association’s sole ‘short-range’ meeting, restricted to 500 and 600 yards, two matches at each distance for a total of 75 scoring rounds over the two days, the final 600 yarder 15 rounds, the other three 20 – well that was Plan A but, events forced a change to Sunday’s

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programme. 60 shooters are as many as we can handle at Diggle in the long-range events but 500/600 yards makes things like butts-crew changeovers a bit quicker and we can access the range house throughout the meeting, all this letting us cram a few more warm bodies onto

the firing lines. With seven targets in use, we managed to accept seventy entries this year - even turning a few away, at the cost of running five details and shooters having overly long waits. Still, it was warm enough to happily lounge around on

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the hillside and talk shop in the spring sunshine! A small fleet of pick-up trucks and 4x4s took competitiors to and from the butts too – if we’d stuck the odd pedestal-mounted 50BMG M2 on the load decks, the motley crews being ferried around wouldn’t have looked out of place on the Benghazi-Tripoli highway! In the event, no fewer than 68 shooters turned in scorecards - 37 of them F/TR against 31 Open entrants. Also of note were four Spanish visitors, Senors Sanchez, Cabrera, Cubillo and Pavon plus Roderick Formosa from Malta, all of whom used rifles supplied by Osprey Rifle’s Stuart Anselm who also allowed them to run-in his new Savage custom .223 Rem F/TR rifle on its first match outing. Quarter-MOA Benchrest-quality rifles, heavy 7mm bullets at 3,000 fps, and only 500/600 yard distances! Gawd, that’s going to be easy – everybody should max out! Right, that’s your opinion but you haven’t seen the targets yet (or shot at Diggle!). The new NRA short-range design was black with a half-MOA white centre aiming mark/ V-Bull and white scoring rings that moved out a half-MOA for the Bull-5 line, then only quarterMOA for each subsequent score line out to the ‘One’! That means that a perfectly aimed shot from a rifle that shoots zero-size groups only needs the wind to move the bullet four inches to 82 Target Shooter

the side to be in the ‘Four’, and just over another inch to be in the ‘Three’ at 600 yards. Stray outside of the One-ring into the acres of empty white Corex surrounding the target centre, and you didn’t get a point at all – a ‘no score hit’ to use the jargon. The no-score zone was only one MOA away from the bull! Needless to say there were more than a few zeros in the Sunday F/TR 600 yard details! Why quarter minute (instead of half minute) rings that we normally use – noone seems to know! Let’s hope that the longrange targets are not similarly configured. Saturday Anyway, to give the 36 F/TR lads and one lass a chance, I’d assigned them to the first details on the Saturday - traditionally the quietest weather of the weekend, and glory be, the winds were light even if the visibility was distinctly hazy thanks to residual mist. “Can you see those damned scoring rings through your scope?” was a frequent refrain along the firing-line as people set their rifles up and adjusted scope parallax. The F/TR question of the day was how were reigning League Champion Adam Bagnall and World Champion Russell Simmonds going to shape up in the new season? There was no new kit, both were shooting 155 grain bullets (like almost everybody else), so it was all down to shooter form. Us northerners who can watch the Altcar 101 brigade at play had noted they’d got

a lot of practice in over the winter and the ‘word’ said that Adam had shot some unbelievably high scores on the Lancashire coast range, so odds-on favourite if you’re a betting man? Match 1 at 500 yards said otherwise, Russell putting in a blistering 99.11v, highest score for the match in either class as it turned out, whilst Adam was in fifth place on 95.12v behind fellow 101 shooter Paul Harkins, Diggle’s Laurie Holland with his .223 Rem and 101’s John Cross. Small target or not, around a third of the F/TR shooters broke 90.

four ahead of Laurie. Adam was one of a quartet to score 90 on this match leaving him fourth on aggregate seven points down on Russell.

Open Class followed F/TR on Saturday, most of the top shooters in Details 4 and 5, the wind having risen noticeably by the time they shot at 500 yards. Match One winner Ian Boxall shooting a Surgeon in 6mm Crusader (an ‘improved’ 6mm Remington, but using RWS 7X57mm brass as his starting point, not Remy stuff) just held off David Kent on Vs with his 7WSM, both on 98. Gary Costello was hot on their heels with 97.12v Match Two, 2+20 at 600yd that afternoon saw with his new 7mm SAUM, who in turn pushed much clearer conditions, but a wind that was Pete Wilson into 4th on V-count. definitely more ‘frisky’, from the usual Diggle 5 o’clock. Russell again took stop spot, but at As with the F/TR shooters, a third of the a much lower 93.6v, leading Paul Harkins as field broke 90. Two usually high scorers had runner-up again and Les Dawson now in third. miserable times, Greg Thompson on 80.4v due At the close of a long day, Russell led F/TR by to rifle problems, likewise local shooter John a mere two points over Paul, who was in turn Campbell on 80.3v for reasons not known to Target Shooter 83

your reporter. Back at 600 yards, it was Ian Boxall again on an excellent 96.4v, the hot 6mm obviously performing as well as its owner and this time Ian had a two point lead over David Kent but with a totally recovered John Campbell in third on 93.6v. Open places as the day’s shooting finished were Ian, David, and Pete as the top three with five points between them, Gary Costello in fourth, a further three points adrift and just holding off Mark Ellis. Sunday The weather forecast said ‘sunny, warmer too’ – which it was – and with a complete wind change from Saturday’s westerlies to a super-light ENE. ‘Only one or two mph strength’ it said. Hah! It was the same as the day before, only stronger and more variable in both strength and direction. Open ran first now, shooting at 500 yards as before, but Match 3 was reduced to 2+15 as the Spanish F/TR visitors had a plane to catch midafternoon and wanted to shoot this one match at least. 84 Target Shooter

The Open boys made short work of this distance in gentle early morning conditions, Gary Costello taking the medal on 75.11v with David Lloyd, Mark Daish, and Mark Ellis on the same score but in that order on V-count, Ian Boxall in 5th leading a large group of shooters scoring 74 with a 10v count. Two thirds of the class broke 70. At the other end of the field, Greg Thompson and John Campbell were suffering again and both retired after this match. With one match to go and a 20 round effort at that, Ian Boxall led David Kent by three points on aggregate , who in turn was holding off Pete Wilson by another three a couple of points ahead of Mark Ellis – close enough for the leader board to change but a slight opening-out of the top four or five. At 600 yards, warm with a frequently switching light to fresh wind, it was David Kent’s turn to shine winning Match Four with a super 97.14v, that was matched by an on-form Gary Costello taking second but with 9 Vs, Hugh Inglis, Mark Daish, and Ian Boxall following only

one and two points adrift. It was a fine finish by David Kent, but not enough to pass Ian Boxall who took the Open Class aggregate and his first GB-FCA league round win by a point, with Gary Costello in third place, four points behind David. Returning to Match Three and 500yd earlier in the day, it was ‘outsiders’ Paul Dobson (who had missed the previous day’s matches) and Andy Duffy who took the first two F/TR slots on excellent 74.7v and 73.6v scores with the still improving Adam Bagnall on third with 72.7v. Russell Simmonds had a poor match by his standards down in 11th place on 67.3v, five points adrift of Adam and losing most of his aggregate lead. As the Match finished, F/TR aggregate positions were Russell on 258.19v, and Adam on 257.25v. In fact, there was only a single point between each of the first five, the other trio being Paul Harkins, Laurie Holland and John Cross with still more right on their heels – very close and all down to the final 2+20 at 600 yards! In this Match, characterised by wind-changes
Aggregate Top Places (HPS = 375.75v)  1  2  3   4  5    Open    Ian Boxall  David Kent  Gary Costello  Peter Wilson  Mark Daish      363.29v   362.34v   358.38v   355.34v   350.21v  

that the range flags didn’t show and flag indication changes that didn’t represent the wind, Russell shot an excellent 92.7v, but that paled by comparison against a heroic 97.10v from Adam, right up with David Kent’s winning Open score. Paul Harkins - reliable Mr Number Two - split them with an excellent 94.7v. Further back, Laurie Holland ‘dolloped’ with a terrible spell of ones and twos mid-match for 74.4v in 17th Match place and dropping him right down the leader board. This fine result put Adam in first overall place from Russell by a clear two points, the everconsistent Paul Harkins just behind them in third and two more 101 shooters, Messrs Cross and Donaldson taking fourth and fifth. In fact, the Scousers took six of the top ten places, showing what regular practice at Altcar and post shooting visits to the boozer does for skill at arms if not the soul. Again, the season’s warm-up league round was an enjoyable and close-run event showing that you don’t have to shoot at 1,000yd to get closely fought matches, moments of elation and despair. It’s worth noting that the top three F/TR shooters would have placed fifth, sixth and seventh in Open Class!

F/TR  Adam Bagnall    Russell Simmonds  Paul Harkins    John Cross    Steve Donaldson 

354.35v  351.27v  350.24v  348.22v  343.22v 

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The Hadrian IPSC Level 3 Shotgun Match by Tony Saunders

Now, it may be something of a coincidence that every time I have previously ventured north towards Carlisle, it has been raining. After all the Lake District isn’t named after its reputation for prolonged dry spells, so maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise to me! So, you can imagine my look of resigned expectation when a message came through that the build team for the inaugural Level 3 match at Carlisle Small Arms Club’s (CSAC) new venue had been struggling against high winds and rain and that the match may have to be downgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 1! In previous years, CSAC has hosted Level 1 and 3 IPSC shotgun matches at a fantastic ground not far from the A69 near Carlisle. The range The Hadrian match was the first Level 3 IPSC Stage 4 - A tight mix of targets and no-shoot penalty targets partially hidden by tyres. Keith Wilson – Winchester SX3

catered not only for buck and birdshot, but also slug shooting. Lined along a large and sheltered banked area, replete with wooded sections, it offered a good venue and always had a good turnout despite the very long drive for those living ‘darn sarf’ – which was pretty much most people. Those travelling from Dorset could expect a good 8 hour drive and also found a use for those knitted gloves they all had - but never needed. Sadly, increased complaints about noise has meant the gradual erosion of shooting freedoms for CSAC (how often have we heard this story!). To this end, it became necessary last year to find a new location for IPSC matches and it was to be used as the venue for the British Open L3 shotgun match 2nd to 4th July. This was understandably cancelled due to the shooting incident in Cumbria last year.

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A long shot at a partially hidden target. Winchester SX3 with pistol grip. shotgun match on this years’ calendar. The new venue was part of farm land near Hallbankgate, Cumbria at Moss Hill Farm. The whole area is of typical Cumbrian rugged beauty, with swelling lowlands set against distant burnished fells. One doesn’t have to stray far from the road to feel as though you are the only person for miles and I would imagine much of the area has remained largely unchanged for a thousand years, except for the gradual taming of land for agriculture. England really does have some fantastic countryside and it was a majestic spot for a shotgun match. For the build-team though, the last few days leading to the match saw gale-force winds and

Sam Taylor - Benelli M2 shooting Hull Sterling Game #5’s 32g

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UKPSA Chairman Rob Adam checking shot timer as Glenn Forbes adopts start position.

virtually horizontal rain. Centred on a rise above the road, the new range has no natural barriers to divert the relentless wind around it and the day before the match saw the majority of the stages destroyed overnight – a terrible blow for the crew who felt that all their hard work had been in vain.

So, with most of the staging ripped, broken or missing, it looked very much like the first match would not have enough stages to qualify for its Level 3 status. With low spirits, the match directors Vanessa Duffy and Kevin Strowger felt they had no choice but to warn all potential competitors that they may face a long journey to

Long stage with multiple targets and no-shoots. Very easy to forget where targets are and fail to shoot at some.

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a downgraded match if they couldn’t rebuild the stages in the next 12 hours. It was a chancy gamble. By issuing this statement, they felt that it was only fair to warn shooters but knew that by saying it, competitors may choose to not make the journey and miss a good match - if only they could pull out all the stops to get the stages rebuilt. It was also April 1st but unfortunately no hoax! After a 4:00 am start on the day of the match, we arrived to a windy and wet entrance manned by several figures clad in heavy waterproofs and an expression to match. However, despite the seeming bad start, the rain slowed and stopped by 9.00am and the wind fell as the sun struggled out from the rusty sky. About two-thirds of the stages were up and ready, with the remainder being worked on as we started to shoot. It really was a triumph from adversity and testament to the guys and girls who rallied to make it happen. Of the 10 stages initially planned, the match became a 9 stage, birdshot-only match with a good mixture of short, medium and long stages. Among many of the regular shooters, it was good to see quite a lot of new faces at a Level 3 match. Shooters to watch out for in the coming years included Michael Siva-Jothy, who was a very fast shooter and made the seven plate, fixed-time stage look easy. The shooter had a fixed time of only four

seconds to bring the shotgun up from holding it horizontally in one hand by their side (the ‘trail’ position) to shoot seven targets arrayed in a semi-circle of 180 degrees. Some were large ‘popper’ targets with one being weighted, others were small 150mm square plates at floor level. Four seconds isn’t a lot but Michael smoothly shot all seven comfortably in the time. Sam Taylor was also shooting his first Level 3 match with his recently converted Benelli M2. Sam squeaked ahead of Michael Siva-Jothy by a hair to win the Best Novice trophy. This special trophy is only available at a novice competitor’s first L3 or above match – one chance to win it and it goes to the highest novice score of the day. We put his success down to much loading practice and also the sugar-rush from a large intake of candy shrimps in the car on the way up! It was also good to see the introduction of a Virginia Count stage. Stage 3 was a 7-round stage featuring 4 metal targets, three frangible (clay) targets and two no-shoot penalty targets shot from 7 to 12m away. For those who are not familiar, a Virginia Count stage is one where the competitor must only fire one shot per target. So with seven targets, each competitor must shoot one round at each target. If the shooter misses a target, they can choose to reshoot it but it would mean they would not have enough shots left for the remaining targets. Target Shooter 89

It would also mean that they would be unable to engage the final target and thus incur additional penalties for non-engagement as well as a miss. It is therefore crucial to not be tempted to take an additional shot if you miss. Simply shoot once at each target, carefully and as quickly as possible because it is still shot against the clock. There was also the use of a weak-hand stage. If you normally shoot with the gun in your right shoulder, you must use shoot the whole stage with the gun in your left shoulder. Vice-versa if you are a left-handed shooter. This is one of those stages that few people practice and thus are often missing out on the chance of a good score. I have lost count of the times I hear a collective groan at this type of stage (often from myself too!). The match was shot over two days, giving the time to run the shooters and range officers through the nine stages. Shooters on the Sunday had the better weather but everyone who attended said how much they had enjoyed the match. Range Masters were Martyn Spence and Ken Trail and they would like to join Vanessa and Kevin in thanking the range crew, buildcrews and everyone who supported the event. The scores on the doors: OpenDivision: 90 Target Shooter

1st Place Nicholas Hockley 100% nd 2 Place Iain Corrigan 85.17% rd 3 Place Pete Starley 64.54% Modified Division 1st Place James Harris 100% nd 2 Place Colin Alden 98.55% rd 3 Place Keith Wilson 88.61% Standard Division 1st Place Barry Sullivan 100% nd 2 Place Dan Boswell 96.25% rd 3 Place Dave Dowding 95.38% Standard Manual (pump) Division 1st Place Ken Trail 100% nd 2 Place Walter Robinson 94.86% rd 3 Place Brad Fox 81.02% The best novice trophy was won by Sam Taylor with 60.78% - just, just beating Michael Siva Jothy with 60.63%. Both shot in Standard Auto Division. Well done to all the winners.

Gallery Rifle & Pistol News
The edge of reason part 2 – Classic long range gallery rifle Last time I looked at my strategy for the standard 100/200/300 yard GR Match shot at the annual Phoenix Meeting but, to make best use of the half day this match takes I intent to shoot it twice and I have therefore entered the classic event in addition to the standard match. Much has been said about the rifle specification for classic shooting and will be using my 24” Marlin Cowboy, so no more about the rifle but what about the round? My Cowboy is chambered in 44 Magnum and the rules require both rifle and ammunition to be in the ‘spirit of the original’. The 44 Magnum is a relative newcomer introduced by Smith and Wesson in 1955, thus it is disqualified from the classic critical date 1919. The round is permitted so long as it is only loaded to 44 Special levels and thus I went to the reloading manual and saw that 9.9 grains of Vihtavouri N 350 behind a 200 grain bullet gave 1079 fps from handguns. Entering the data into the ballistics calculator gave the following bullet drops, velocity and energy values, assuming a 50 metre zero: The bullet drop at 300 yards required just over a ¼” rear sight adjustment (calculated using the principle of congruent triangles –should have listened more closely when I was at school) so no issue there then. A fine spring outing to Salisbury Plain Ranges demonstrated that at 100 and 200 yards the performance was adequate so back to 300 yards. At the longest distance, the round would not hold a group, with several of the shots reporting making enlarged holes probably due to becoming unstable – back to the drawing board and not much preparation time left! Pre 1919 High Velocity Loadings The principle of ‘spirit of the original’ is that of self regulation, the presumption being that the competitor satisfies themselves that they are using period equipment and unless challenged by competitors or match officials, the rules rely on individual integrity. I was tempted to buy a box of 44 Magnum FMJ, hope nobody noticed and have done with it, the Magtech brand with a 240 grain FMJ bullet gives in excess of 1600 fps in the Marlin – but my conscience wouldn’t stand it - then salvation, such a loading did exist before 1919.

So charged, I fire a ten shot group at 50 metres from the rest and to my delight it gave a one hole group, with only a single stray a few millimetres away from the main event. Over the chronograph it gave 1376 fps, a considerable increase on the book value for handguns and thus was in danger of leading the barrel if it were not for the fact I would only be shooting a maximum of 42 shots Winchester introduced a 44/40 WHV (for for the entire match. Winchester High Velocity obviously) in 1903 for the stronger Winchester 1892 action rifle. It

Range 0 100 200 300

Velocity 1376 1069 923 829

Impact -0.5 -5.63 -41.07 -117.17

Energy 841 508 378 305
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200 grain lead bullets - couldn’t hold a group at 300 yards

pushed a 200 grain ‘metal patched’ bullet at 1500 fps, soon to be increased to 1570 fps in 1910. The UMC (Union Metallic Cartridge Company) also introduced their version, headstamped PETERS and the HP designation at the higher 1570 fps velocity. All boxes of these cartridges were marked as not suitable for handguns and 1873 Winchester actions, but accidents must have happened as they were soon withdrawn from sale. What was ‘metal patched’ I hear you say? It turns out it merely meant ‘jacketed’. My search for a 200 grain FMJ in the UK was a failure and I had just about given up when I bumped into Jonathan Avetoomayn (who shoots with the GB Gallery Rifle Team) at the Spring Action Weekend at Bisley. Jon produces specialist GR bullets under the brand name JAKA Precision and he agreed to make up some of his ‘Baseguard’ bullets at the appropriate weight. The bullets are a variation on the lead ‘gas-check’ design and they represent excellent value for money. E-mail: jaka.precision@ntlworld.com for details. The literature that came with the bullets indicate that a baseguard bullet can be driven at 1400 fps without significant barrel fouling and they 92 Target Shooter

looked slightly longer than the plain lead cast bullets that had proved unstable in previous trials. Comparing the 44/40 cartridge case with the modern 44 Magnum shows that they are dimensionally very similar with the casevolume of the magnum being 39 grains of water, compared with the 40 grains of the older cartridge. My assertion therefore is that loading a 44 Magnum to near WHV velocities is entirely in the ‘spirit of the original’ and having had success with Vihtavouri N350 before I saw no reason to change, so having loaded a range of slightly higher charges than before, I am off to the range to conduct grouping and velocity test before my last long range opportunity in early May to see if any of the new loads are 300 yard capable. I will report on my final load selection and my performance at the Phoenix Meeting next time – see you there! I would like to thank Jonathan Avetoomayn of JAKA Precision for supplying a range of bullets for my test. Warning - the loads shown in this article have proven to be safe in my firearms but it is recommended, in accordance with good reloading practice, that you start 10% below the indicated loads and work up in

A good 50 meter group does not always convert into a good 300 yard one

Heavy FMJ and full house 44 Magnums not in the spirit of the original

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The excellent JAKA Precision baseguard bullets

increments to the maximums given. Forthcoming Events All the fine spring weather has made it a pleasure to get out and shoot and we can only hope that the spell continues for the most important of annual GR events the Phoenix Meeting to be held at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May. The NRA Website describes the meeting thus: This multi-discipline meeting is a must for your shooting diary and has its roots in pistol calibre firearms but there are also plenty of competitions for Black Powder, Air and Fullbore from 15 yards right up to 1000 yards. This Meeting has over 75 competitions to enter, giving you enough chances to earn yourself one of the much sought after Grandmaster Medals. In addition to the shooting, there is the Arms Fair held in the Bisley Pavilion. I would just say that it is the ‘must do’ Bisley event of the year. 94 Target Shooter

For those who are able to stay until the Monday morning you can come along to Melville Range for the first of the annual 1500 International Matches of 2011. The GB Gallery Rifle Team, again Captained by Ashley Dagger, will be taking on an even greater challenge this time round as there will be small bore and centrefire matches shot shoulder to shoulder with the overseas teams from Ireland, Germany and this year South Africa. Good luck to all the teams I will be reporting on the outcome in the next issue. After the Phoenix the next classified match is the Derby Open over the weekend of 25th/26th June. This is an excellent well-run event with an equally excellent prize table and I have no hesitation in recommending this meeting - first timers can be assured of a warm welcome. As usual, full details of forthcoming events are available on www.galleryrifle.com

A regular column whereby Ken Hall keeps us up to date with black powder cartridge rifle shooting in the UK.

QUIGLEY SHOOTING ASSOCIATION - firers engage a bucket silhouette at 400 yds and ANNUAL TEAM BUFFALO CHALLENGE - a ¾ size buffalo at 600 yds, which is fired at 23/24th April Diggle Ranges and the other, the Team Buffalo Challenge is fired at Bisley ranges in Surrey. The Quigley Shooting Association (QSA), the Single Shot Black Powder Cartridge Rifle On the Friday before the shoot, Dave Malpas Club of Great Britain (SSBPCRCGB) and The and I made the journey to Bisley, arriving in good Yorkshire Buffalo Hunters (YBH) compete in time to allow for a leisurely tour of the camp and two team competitions each year. One is the check out the Lord Robert’s Centre. Being Good Team Steel Challenge, in which the teams of six Friday, the NRA and the traders were closed so Co organizer Carole Silver checks the scoring

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John Ellins original Alexander Henry .45-100 from 1870

looking quite respectable. The SSBPCRCGB were ahead on 418 points, the YBH on 394 as and the QSA on 368 as we adjourned for lunch. After lunch and after some spending with the traders, it was down to the 600 yard firing-point on Century range. The course of fire is the same but on the standard buffalo target, which looks a lot smaller from back here. The wind at Diggle can be very trying but we were expecting nothing more than a simple crosswind to contend with. Some hope! The wind was just as unpredictable here on the flat as up in the Pennines! Add to that a heat haze and barrel fouling, scores inevitably began to suffer. Carl Hanson of the YBH and Mark Silver of the SSBPCRCGB managed the best scores of the afternoon with 77 and 69 respectively bringing the final scores to 707 for the SSBPCRCGB, 648 for the YBH and 624 for the QSA.

John Gilpin presented Steve Bonfield with the truly unique trophy, aptly titled ‘The Buffalo Challenge’. Certificates The scorers bench went to the top three scorers, Carl Hanson on 162 points, Mark Silver we were unable to spend any cash in the shops on 156 and Steve Bonfield with 153 but we did manage to soak up some rays and points. All firers received a commemorative down a few beers with friends. certificate and medal. Thanks are due to all the team members who made the day so On Saturday morning the teams made their way to Short Siberia for the first John presents the Buffalo Challenge stage of the competition. This consists trophy to steve Bonfield of 20 shots to count at 200 yards on a very realistic and anatomically correct image of a buffalo - facing head on at a three-quarter angle. Sadly this year, due to the unexpected unavailability of many key firers, the QSA and the SSBPCRC were unable to field full teams. However, competition organiser, John Gilpin, decided that all who attended would shoot but only the top five scores would count towards the team result. At the end of the morning’s shooting, scores were 96 Target Shooter

Top scorer Carl Hanson collects his certificate from comp organiser John Gilpin

enjoyable, especially to John and Carole Silver ubiquitous. for organising the event and making it run so smoothly. Possibly due to the previous day’s downpour, a field of only 13 black powder firers assembled THE QUIGLEY SHOOTING ASSOCIATION. at 400yds for stage 1, which as usual consisted APRIL QUIGLEY COMPETITION. of two sighters and fifteen shots to score at the Quigley bucket. Most managed scores in the Saturday 2nd April, a dullish, mainly dry morn- 40’s, but Dave Malpas was on a roll and hit 13 ing, followed by some clearer skies in the after- buckets, going in to lunch with 67 points against noon, of course the snaking Diggle wind was nearest rival Dennis Richardson with 54 points. After lunch, stage 2 was the buffalo silhouette at 600 yds Winner and Runner up Dave Malpas and and top scorer on this stage Steve Maris was Richard Healey with 55 points followed closely by Steve Maris with 51 points. The final scores were as follows. Pos. Shooter. Score.

1. Dave Malpas 111 2. Steve Maris 94 3. Dennis Richardson 91

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The June 2011 issue will be out at the beginning of the month. Lots of follow up articles, new reviews, news and as ever packed with the articles you want to read. Watch out for new formats of the magazine, as we are ever developing to bring you the best of all Target Shooting Sports.

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